The head of the Turkish Cypriot Education office says there is no chance of Güzelyurt (Morphou in Greek) being handed over to the south in the event of a solution because of it’s territorial significance.
Speaking to residents of the village recently, Kemal Durust said, “Güzelyurt will not be returned. You the people of Güzelyurt are the warranty of the territory for the Turkish Cypriot people.”
Durust (right of photo) had announced to the local community that Güzelyurt stood to prosper from the upcoming opening of the Nisantasi University – said to be one of the most respected educational institutions in Turkey.
Despite a warming of relations between the two communities of the island, disputes such as governance, properties and territories are looking a tough nut to crack for the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot negotiating teams.
President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci met on Friday and are set to meet again this week as UN-backed peace talks continue.