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Grains Commission to purchase grain from Turkish Cypriots
2003-07-30 16:01:28

Nicosia, Jul 30 (CNA) – The Grains Commission has decided to purchase 1,500 tonnes of grain, cultivated by Turkish Cypriots in the occupied areas of the island.

Announcing here Wednesday the decision after a Cabinet meeting, Government Spokesman Kypros Chrisostomides said the land where the grain was produced is owned by Turkish Cypriots and is situated in the Potamia and Louroutzina areas, which border the UN-controlled buffer zone.|

In statements earlier this month, Interior Minister Andreas Christou said the effort which Cypriot farmers put into their work is the same whether this work takes place in the Turkish occupied north of the island or in the southern government controlled areas of the Republic.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37 percent of the island’s territory.


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