First Greek Cypriot who settled in the occupied north passes away

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Nicolas Skourides, the first Greek Cypriot to build a house and settle in the northern part of Cyprus has passed away, according to the Turkish Cypriot publication, Yeni Dusen.

The funeral for Mr Skouridis was held on Tuesday January 17, at St George Church in Agios Dometios.

Shortly before his death, Skouridis told Yeni Dusen that he was determined to settle in Larnaca, Lapithos, where he wished to spend the rest of his life.

“I wanted to spend the last part of my life in the same place I spent the first,” Skourides told AFP at his home in 2019.

“Starting from 2003, I’ve eaten, drunk and laughed with Turkish Cypriots”.

“I understood that they too had been through the same things as me, they had to abandon their houses in the south, we were in the same situation”.

“I could understand what they were feeling, what it’s like when you’re forced to leave your home and everything you own to go elsewhere”.

“For me, we’re all human beings, regardless of your religion, language or nationality”.

“I’m so happy to be able to spend this time in my home,” told in the same interview.

Source: Knews

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