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Spokesman: We favour freedom of settlement throughout Cyprus
2006-01-04 12:37:17

Nicosia, Jan 4 (CNA) -- The Cyprus government is in favour of securing the right to freedom of movement and settlement throughout the entire territory of the Republic of Cyprus, stressed today Government Spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides.

Invited at the end of the cabinet meeting to comment on the return of members of the Maronite community to their properties in the Turkish occupied village of Kormakitis, Chrysostomides said “we want throughout the entire territory of Cyprus the right to freedom of movement and settlement and full implementation of human rights to prevail as well as an end to the illegality and occupation”.

It is up to every citizen of the Republic of Cyprus to evaluate the facts of his and her situation and to reach their own decisions, the Spokesman added.

Asked which will be the status of the Maronites’ resettlement, he said “our government considers them enclaved”.

Whatever applies for all citizens of the Republic of Cyprus, who decide and can settle in the occupied part of Cyprus, like for instance in Rizokarpaso, will be valid, Chrysostomides stressed.

Regarding the Maronites’ return to Kormakitis, the Spokesman said it is an issue that will be decided by the Maronites themselves.

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