No information at present about return of Varosha to UN, Government Spokesman says

There is no information at this stage about the return of the fenced off area of Famagusta � known as Varosha � to the UN, Government Spokesman Nikos Christodoulides said here today, calling on everybody to be extra careful with the wishes of the people to return to their homes.

He also said that if Turkey were to implement UN resolutions, this would be a step in the right direction.

The government, he said, is preparing very specific moves in relation to the issue of Famagusta, and not only.

His comments come following a press report, quoting a senior Turkish Cypriot source, that the Turkish Cypriot side is working on a plan to open the fenced-off city of Varosha, under UN control, to its legal owners.

Invited to comment on the report, he said as things stand, there is no such information adding that nobody can use communications games to promote some other aspirations at the expense of the people who want to return to their ancestral homes.

I wish that Turkey implements UN resolutions at long last. The resolutions stipulate very clearly that the fenced off area of Famagusta must be return to the UN, to allow its lawful residents to return, he added.

He noted that this kind of press reports create expectations among the people and neither Turkey nor anybody else can play with the people’s feelings.

Asked if the government has sought to verify the reports, he said so far there is only information in the media but at the same time so-called officials in occupied Cyprus have said that such reports are unsubstantiated.

Those who find themselves in a difficult situation must not leak this kind of information, he added.

Recalling that UN resolutions 550 and 789 say that priority must be given to Famagusta, the Spokesman said that I wish that Turkey would decide to respond, to realise that its policy to date cannot lead anywhere and that gradually it has to move and respond to the relevant to Cyprus UN resolutions.

The government is preparing very specific moves in relation to Famagusta and not only. Moves and decisions which will be made public once they have been executed, he said.

Replying to questions, he dismissed suggestions that Turkey is one step ahead in the Cyprus peace effort. All these moves are also an indication of the weak and difficult position Ankara finds itself in now, he added.

Recent statement from Turkish Cypriot Hussein Ertogruloglu confirm that in the negotiations in early July in the Swiss resort in Crans Montana never accepted what some claim it has and this is why there was no positive outcome at the talks.

We are monitoring developments daily and evaluate the situation, he concluded in his remarks to the press.

Varosha, part of the once thriving holiday resort of Famagusta, on the eastern coast of Cyprus, has been fenced off since the 1974 Turkish invasion and according to the UN the Turkish military is responsible for it. Repeated attempts to hand the fenced off area of Famagusta � known as Varosha � to UN administration and its Greek Cypriot legal inhabitants have so far failed due to the stance of the Turkish army.

The Republic of Cyprus, an EU full member state since 2004, has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and since then occupy 37% of the islands territory.

Source: Cyprus News Agency