--+-4— = “Economic War’ - says government The Turkish allegation that Greek Cypriots are waging an “economic war” on the Turkish Cypriot community is “not only absurd but adds insuit to injury”, says a govern- ment report just issued. The report replies to Turkish complaints that ports in the north have been declared illegal, that efforts are made to prevent Turkish Cypriot trade and that foreign aid is channelled only to Greek Cypriots. The report blames the economic ilis of the Turkish Cypriots on the “artificial separation” im- posed by Turkish leaders, bad managementof re- cources and property in the north, and measures taken to “integrate” the economy of the Turkish Cypriots with that of mainland Turkey. It says “Owing to the smail size of the market, the artificial separation of the economic resources, and the regional isolation of the occupied part fram the free part of Cyprus, there have been tremen- dous wastage, duplica- tion of facilities, inefficiency, massive un- employment and stagna- tion”. Settlers An added economic burden, it says, is the presence of some 50,000 settlers from Turkey who have taken over “some of the most productive land of northern Cyprus”. These settlers were most- ly illiterates and unskilled labourers and this. ex- plains “the poor utiliza- tion of the comparatively richer resources of the north”. The report continues: “The tourist sectors anda ° considerable part of the | industrial sector were giv- en or leased to business ' enterprises and organisa- tions of Turkey and sever- al key posts in the, management field were | entrusted to retired mili- | tary officers and other of- ! ficials from Turkey”. Because of this “al- most complete depen- dence on Turkey”, it says, inflation and all other ec- Oonomic problems facing Turkey “have been im- ported and supplanted on the Turkish Cypriot com- munity”. No army The report -.says Greek Cypriots who lost Property in the north “have no armies with which to regain them, their only defence is to endeavour to protect and preserve their proprietary rights through legal me- ans, such as recourse to Courts”. It remarks: “It must not be forgotten that when the Turks talk about being prevented from ex- porting ‘their’ products and running ‘their’ hotels, they are talking about the properties of the Greek Cypriots worth several billion dollars”. “In fact the Turks demand that the Greek Cypriot rightful owners should sit across the line and applaude the illegal use of the properties stol- en from them, thus heip- ing the usurpers to enjoy the properties without any inconvenience. The very audacity of the Tur- kish attitude defeats the imagination’. of the Turks. The report defends the government's deci- sion to declare Famagus- ta Port illegal. It also says that sufficient notice has been given to ail con- cerned about this and therefore captains of ships caught violating this will be prosecuted. “Absurd” The report adds: “The allegation that the Greek Cypriots are wag- ing an ‘economic war’ on the Turkish Cypriot com- munity is not only absurd but it adds insult to injury. “The invader comes in and deprives the indi- genous population of all their possessions, drives them gut by force of arms, reduces them to pauper- ism and then, because the wealth he (the invader) has usurped turns into dust’in his hands due to his inability to exploit it, he complains that the vic- tim of his aggression is re- sponsible . for his Rai a aaa ces ENE a 2 ae ecenomic difficulties”. On the question of foreign aid, the report says that the Turkish Cypriots have been receiving aid through the UN High Commission for Refugees and the Redf Cross “on a proportional ‘basis to the aid provided for the Greek Cypriot community”. Referring to foreign experts, the report says the government is ready AAA AMA AA AA ATA claim absurd The Dome Hotel in Kyrenia. Greek Cypriot-owned property now in the hands to “facilitate visits to the occupied part by experts- consultants serving un- der approved projects on the understanding that any advice or assistance rendered would not result in the reactivation or exploitation of Greek Cypriot-owned proper- ty”. Under this arrange- ment, experts have paid | several visits to the occupied area, it says.
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