UN chief deeply concerned over Turkey's activity in Varosha – report

The United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is deeply concerned over Turkey’s ongoing activity for re-opening the deserted resort town of Varosha in Cyprus, Colin Stewart, the U.N. Chief’s special envoy for the Mediterranean island said.

“The U.N. Security Council resolutions should be respected and unilateral actions need to stop,” Stewart said in a speech addressing the council members, Yenidüzen newspaper reported on Wednesday, citing Greek Cypriot media.

Varosha, located in the eastern city of Famagusta, was fenced-off by the Turkish authorities in northern Cyprus after a 1974 Turkish military intervention in response to a brief Greek Cypriot coup aimed at uniting the island with Greece.

The breakaway Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) partially re-opened it to visitors in October 2020 and cleared part of its beach. That prompted condemnation from Greece, the European Union and the United States, who, citing U.N. resolutions, said any attempts to settle any part of Varosha by people other than its original inhabitants was “inadmissible” and the town should be put under the control of the U.N. peacekeeping force in Cyprus (UNFICYP).

The actions of the UNFICYP in Varosha, were prevented by the Turks, Stewart also said.

The internationally recognised Republic of Cyprus has controlled the southern two-thirds of the island, and the TRNC, founded in 1983 and only recognised by Turkey, the northern third. Numerous diplomatic efforts to reunify Cyprus under a federal model have failed.




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