Council for Reconstruction and Resettlement (CRR)

In 1974 nearly half the population of Cyprus was forcibly displaced and settled in new areas. They were mostly Greek Cypriots who were forced out of their homes in the districts of Kyrenia, Famagusta and Nicosia and settled in refugee housing and Turkish Cypriot houses left behind by their owners to settle in the occupied areas. The pain of uprooting and the wish for return continues today, 32 years after, to be the refugees’ everyday companion.

It was with this background that the Council of Ministers decided to establish the Council for Reconstruction and Resettlement (CRR) in order to prepare for dealing with the problems arising from the movement of population in the event of a solution. The terms of reference of the CRR span all aspects of these problems.