The first wedding in the Greek Cypriot enclave in Rizokarpaso in the north-east corner of the island in 27 years will take place next Saturday, CNA reported on Sunday.
It will take place at the Ayios Synesiou church. The couple, Christos Achilleos, who comes from the largest family in Rizokarpaso, being one of 13 brothers, will tie the knot with Christina Chalkiti from Rhodes.
Quoting Nicos Falas, the head of the Karpasia Coordinating Committee, CNA reported that the last weddings there were in 1991, when two ceremonies were held.
Falas said a number of refugees from Karpasia have recently returned to live there. The government has been offering incentives to people from the area who want to return there to live, in addition to regular humanitarian aide, and crossing to the south of the island has become easier since the first checkpoint opened in 2003. Prior to that, Greek Cypriots living in the north were more isolated than they are today.
Falas said around 15 Greek Cypriot families have repaired their homes in Rizokarpaso and returned to live and work there. He said there were not three new restaurants owned by Greek Cypriots operating in the area, and that restrictions imposed on fishermen for practicing their profession had been relaxed.
The ceremony at next Saturday’s wedding will be carried out by Father Zacharias, the only priest who lives in Rizokarpaso.
Today some 410 Greek Cypriots and Maronites live in the Karpas peninsula.