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More Turkish Cypriots seeking jobs in the south
2003-09-03 12:20:55

NICOSIA, Sept. 2 (Xinhua) -- There is a gradual increase in the number of Turkish Cypriots seeking employment in the government controlled areas, Minister of Labor and Social Insurance Iacovos Keravnos announced here Tuesday.

Keravnos noted that as of April 2003, when the Turkish Cypriot regime eased restrictions on free movement, approximately 400 Turkish Cypriots have been employed in the government-controlled southern part of the island and have registered with the Social Insurance Fund.

Dozens of Turkish Cypriots appealed to district employment offices and many of them were sent to employers to work, Keravnos told reporters.

The majority of the Turkish Cypriots are employed at construction sites and various services orientated businesses, the minister added.

Cyprus has been divided into the Greek Cypriot controlled south and the Turkish Cypriot dominated north since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied the northern one-third of the island in the wake of an abortive coup by supporters of union with Greece.

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