A great deal of money and a long period of time is needed for the fenced –off city of Varosha/Maras to be turned into a habitable place.
According to experts, this is not a burden that the TRNC can carry by itself.
Citing sources, Turkish Cypriot daily ‘Kibris’ reports that there are 45 hotels, 60 hotel apartments, 3,000 small trade units, 99 entertainment places, 25 museums, 24 theatres and cinemas, two sport facilities, 4,469 houses, 43 official bureaus, 8 churches and 9 schools in the city. If Varosha is opened under Turkish Cypriot administration, the financing problems will gain even more serious dimensions, the paper writes.
The chairman of the Chamber of Environmental Engineers Doguc Veysioglu, stated that if Varosha is opened in a way that contravenes international law and in a way that will not benefit the solution of the Cyprus problem, it will not be possible to safeguard international financing. He added that it is not clear from where financing will be found in such a case. “Everyone knows that the TRNC is not able to carry such a burden”, he stated.
Mechanical engineer Engin Omer Kunt, said that the newest building in Varosha is 45 years old and added that all the buildings in the area must be renovated according to new seismic standards which have changed since then. He also said that apart from the political and property issues that may arise, one cannot imagine how many years and how much money will be needed for the opening of the fenced-off city, even if the works for this start tomorrow.
The representative of the ‘Famagusta Initiative’, and deputy chairman of the organisation Serdar Atai, said that they see positively the government’s decision for take an inventory of the fenced-off city and said that they support the opening of Varosha under UN control.
Reporting on the same issue, Turkish Cypriot daily ‘Yeni Duzen’ reports that Okan Dagli speaking on behalf of the ‘Famagusta Initiative’ stated that the inventory of the city is important; however every step taken should not be in conflict with the United Nations Security Council. Varosha, he said, is not only a property but a human issue as well.