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Home-repair assistance worth €1.3m allocated for the enclaved

Commissioner for Humanitarian Affairs Photis Photiou

The cabinet on Wednesday approved €1.3 million in financial assistance for enclaved persons in the north to repair and upgrade their homes.

The decision was announced by Commissioner for Humanitarian Affairs, Photis Photiou after the meeting at the presidential palace.

“A goal of the government is to implement a coherent plan which will serve the long-term retention of our enclaved in their villages as a national issue of utmost importance,” he said.

The financial assistance of €1.3m was something that had been requested by organisations representing enclaved persons for some time, he added. Beneficiaries would be young couples who have relocated to the Karpas peninsula and those who have children attending school.

The scheme will be overseen by the interior ministry, Photiou said.

The government recently increased by €250,000 the assistance given to enclaved farmers.

It has also provided incentives to young farmers and their families to open cottage industries – such as making sweets and dairy products – provided they receive approval from Turkish Cypriot authorities.
President Nicos Anastasiades has also promised an additional €100,000 to the Maronite villages of Kormakitis, Ayia Marina, Karpashia and Asomatos. The funds are earmarked used for infrastructure projects, such as church improvements and repairs.

According to April 2013 figures, only 437 people remain – 328 Greek Cypriots and 109 Maronite Cypriots.

On October 1, Turkish Cypriot authorities began imposing a levy on humanitarian food supplies – excluding medical aid – to the enclaved, which is transported by the UN. The move caused outrage in the government-controlled areas.

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