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Turkish Cypriots working in free areas quadruple
2003-12-23 11:43:32

Nicosia, Dec 23 (CNA) - Cypriot Minister of Labour and Social Insurance Iacovos Keravnos has told CNA that the number of Turkish Cypriots working in the free areas of the Republic and registered in the Social Insurance Scheme has almost quadrupled, noting this proves that ''the Ministry's measures to facilitate the employment of Turkish Cypriots have been effective''.

Keravnos said that there are currently 1.456 Turkish Cypriots working in the government controlled areas of the Republic and registered in the Scheme, compared to a mere 400 before the easing of restrictions on free movement to and from the Turkish occupied areas.

He added that today the state is paying ten million pounds annually on pensions and other benefits for Turkish Cypriot workers.

''I believe the measures have been effective and were in the right direction'', Keravnos said, adding that efforts are being made to register some five or six thousand Turkish Cypriots working in the government-controlled areas who are not yet members of the Social Insurance Scheme.

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