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Exiled Famagusta Mayor Warns on Famagusta Opening Reports

Exiled Famagusta Mayor Alexis Galanos has warned Famagusta refugees to be cautious about reports from Turkish daily Milliyet saying that authorities in the north will open up the city of Famagusta to its displaced Greek-Cypriot residents by July 1st when Cyprus undertakes the EU's rotating presidency.

There have been no confirmations of the reports by Turkish officials, and it is not the first time such reports have come from Turkish media.

The sea resort of Famagusta has been a ghost town since Turkey's invasion in 1974.

According to Turkish-Cypriot press reports, Turkish-Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu denied that the city would be opened up, saying: “I don’t want to comment on the speculations in the press however as everyone knows Maras (Famagusta) is an indivisible part of The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and our state is the only authority in Maras. However as the negotiations continue it is not possible to take a step in an issue which should be the part of a comprehensive solution.”

The Turkish-Cypriots unilaterally declared their own state in the 1980's, but it is not recognised internationally except by Turkey.

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