Greek Cypriots want Turk nationals off island

The leader of the Greek Cypriot administration has proposed limiting the number of people residing in the north of the island who are originally from Turkey to 50,000.

Greek Cypriots want Turk nationals off island
The leader of the Greek Cypriot administration has proposed limiting the number of people residing in the north of the island who are originally from Turkey to 50,000, the NTV news station reported on its Web site yesterday.

The report quoted Greek Cypriot leader Dimitris Christofias as saying that his administration is opposed to the presence of more than 50,000 people from Turkey on the island. Christofias' comment was a response to an earlier statement from Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (KKTC) President Mehmet Ali Talat that citizens of Turkey residing in Cyprus should not be part of any discussions over Cyprus.

Stefanos Stefanu, a spokesperson for the Greek Cypriot government, claimed that after Turkey's military intervention in 1974 the Turkish Cypriots had thousands of people from Turkey move to the island to change the demographics, adding that this was a "war crime." He said those who moved from Turkey at some point have to leave the island.

The Greek side says there are more than 180,000 people from Turkey in the north. However, the number of people with origins in Turkey was 43,000 according to the last census in the north held in 2006.

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Last Mod: 06 Mayıs 2008, 12:26
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