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tv   Reporter - Varosha A Glimmer of Hope for Cyprus  Deutsche Welle  February 20, 2022 11:15am-11:31am CET

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events in 2010, but perhaps more importantly for the chinese government, they finished a hate of the united states chanting crane in beijing. a pleasure, as always. thank you. well, that's all for now of next reporter and have a greek cypriot, his fighting to get his family's property back to fanny. more news on our website, w dot com. monica jones will be here from the top of the next hour for me and the team here. brilliant. take care. see very soon at the battle against cove. it. the oma co variant is putting healthcare systems around the world to the test. vaccination campaigns are accelerating. while restrictions are intensifying once again, but are these measures enough to stop the spread of omicron, fax data and reports? you know, weekly coban special. every thursday on d w. we've got some hot tips for your bucket list.
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ah, romantic corner chat. hot spot for food. check and some great cultural memorials to boot. d w. travel off we go. ah, greek cypriot, andreas lord owes his fighting for the restitution of his family's property and for reconciliation with turkish cypriots. he has been traveling regularly to russia, a ghost town under control of turkish authorities. the former seaside, has recently been reopened to visitors, and lord o's wants to turn barbosa into a project for the future. for all of cyprus,
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it's early on a saturday in the capital of cyprus, liquor sia like almost every weekend. recently, andreas, lord, oh said alper turkish north cypress. after driving just a few kilometers, he reaches one of the check points between north and south where he will have to present his id and vehicle registration to the turkish officers. taking pictures at the checkpoint is prohibited. oh, in 1970, for a coup d'etat lead to turkey's military intervention in cyprus, the island was divided into the ethnic greek south. now the internationally recognized republic of cyprus, and the turkish republic of northern cyprus recognized only by turkey. the 2 parts are separated by a buffer zone, monitored by the united nations. so far, every initiative towards reunification had failed. many greek cypriots refused to
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set foot and the turkish occupied north. florida was on the other hand, keeps returning to it. his family was expelled from their home thereafter the islands division. he believes in the importance of communication between greek and turkish cypriots. although on this morning, he's feeling outraged. the evening before he received an email informing him that one of the buildings legally belonging to his family was slated for demolition. just outside its dance. in his home town fargo's daughter, the news was deeply upsetting, but he melted cetera. so if for the future, for my boost, i will be demolishing bleeding, said belong to other people. i shall with them knowing to whom these buildings belong. and then i don't see much of a future. and i think that the public statements maids are towards the window inspect the lives and properties of the former was that people had ovarian.
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this is the building in question, a multi story residential house built in the 19 seventy's. lord o's has never been inside the building is currently managed by a muslim foundation. we'll get to read about our what appropriate fear in the use for word. so today i'm going in there is no sign of any turkish tenants. the building was reported to have become dilapidated. laur dose is an architect and has come to see if that's true. and we hope that on the other end there will be open. bo this some too many of you may better will be
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good lord o's couldn't get into the seller. and the door to the roof is locked as well. he had hoped to see more money the property is in a prime location, right on the see. the architect worries, turkish speculators have set their sights on it. speculators who are betting reunification and with it, a restitution of the property to its owners will never happen. florida has filed suit with the european court of human rights for the building's return, but he's still waiting on the judgment thing that i wanted you to use to ensure that the program becomes bargain tool behind. so that i put a note and both of these have been seen a way which is constructive. the north has been under turkish occupation for almost
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50 years. all moves towards reunification to date have failed. turkish president regime tie up ardon and the north cypriot government regularly showcase their military strength while at the same time extending a hand for reconciliation. rural us, the owners of these buildings ought to be fireside in the matter brought to a resolution cult. oh, the matter in question concerns primarily the ver rocher resort on the outskirts of vom augusta ah, ever since the division of cyprus, it's been in an alt limits military zone and abandoned ghost town, frozen in time. back in the 1960 for russia was
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a high class. the 3rd resort that attracted the rich and famous from the world. over only recently has music returned of a ro shown weekends. the turkish authorities have opened the deserted town to visitors, andreas lord, those took the opportunity to inspect his family's properties, one among them, this hotel, the golden marianna. it used to be one of the most elegant hotels here. this is where laura dos experienced the wars outbreak and expulsion by turkish troops in 1974. and that is one of the bomb hit the golden marianna. i remember how to escape a which happened with the year my that it was driving and
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we went in the car. i'm to my youngest brother was one year old and my mother has had the flu. she. i met a plain military on a plane coming to what it says. i will accept that card. i will let you go and i will try and shake the plane. a william, come back and find you. the family managed to escape to the south of the island where lower dose grew up. he has spent years working for reconciliation with turkish cypriots. and he would like to see a revival of ferocious golden age. but 1st, he says the turkish side, esther recognized the claims of the original greek property owners since the turkish president gave his assurances. hardly any thing has been done to that end in the streets of rochelle, lord ost meets other greek former residents. most of them would be willing to return to the town even with that under turkish cypriot administration. although we hear stories about her, our house here from all her grandmother,
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we see how much his suffered sold is yours and its own. so it was were good. heritage so sold here. we were born here. we grew up here, hudson. so why not? by both ethnic turks and greeks had been gathering and bringing at least some life back to this ghost town on weekends. this makes andreas lord o's happy. they can stroller ride rented bags among the ruins. 2 street food is sold along the wide beach, many turkish cypriots say they'd have nothing against the greeks returning to russia. i've got every one's right and should be respected code with him. can you miles say very good. i b as far as i'm concerned,
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liquid with the former owners can come back and do business here to calibrate, as long as he recognized the turkish north autonomy. hey, look, you didn't, there already come. have your book you live with? my house is there, historian anna mar ago was also evicted from for osha. she too is calling for a peaceful solution to the cypress problem. so much that could have been done or she maintains that the greek side chairs, part of the blame that she and other former residents from the north are still barred from returning to their homes. they missed a major opportunity at the last reunification negotiations. in 2017. the turks never give back land. you know they're mottos. turks never give back, but there was an offer to give back from august, then to give back more for a month before in when mr. can jin mr. anastasio his met but we don't believe it. people are not understanding that the major issue for
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cyprus is re unification. so we can function together just takes covet, for instance. i would have been, i mean we're a very little island. there could have been an understanding between the 2 parties for covet. andreas lord o's is among those looking for ways to overcome the divide between greek and turkish cypriots. a turkish businessman has invited him to lunch and from august as old town, he knows that lord o's own several buildings. if an agreement is reached for the rebuilding of rocher, there's lots of money to be made from construction contracts and tourism. that tends to encourage people to learn to get along martian action lawsuit like the new, i'm convinced of russia you hung up again, which a couple of them, this isn't just a question for greeks and turk saloon. oh, so it's also about the visitors from abroad. you'd start coming back just the stone
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my. the law should be open to every one of our movie, shame almost severely for lore dose. it's not just a matter of rebuilding old of a russia. the architect spent years working on a vision for his home town that isn't overshadowed by its tragic history but oriented to the future. or that he would like to see an ecological town built by turkish and greek cypriots for with united nations protection. who will be gaining glories and the way to proposing exoskeleton, the structures which can make green walls. i will provide soon as you do the exoskeleton, commercial provide the liquidity here that can be used for all general. what for the from are of most very to me here. not that andreas lord o's, once the past to be forgotten on his walk through the town. many memories from his childhood come up this way. so the m main seen him over. okay. i see 2 trips, 2014 in miles,
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but it's 40000 people at that time. up until now, greek cypriot property owners like andreas, lord ost are being referred to a commission set up by the turkish authorities to examine claims for compensation. that's not enough for lord o's. he wants to go back the sooner the better is very important news. he's an island of less than a 1000000 people. we all know whose house is these ira and they know because the north is in control of the land that i do screen documents as well. and so from that on his, on my thought of goodwin and if god willing, so what will be homes? one, andreas lord knows his wishes that his home town will also be a home to turkish cypriots. and that brochure can contribute to the reconciliation of all of cyprus. ah,
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