UK Foreign Minister expresses “concern” over Varosha in response to T. Villiers question

The UK Foreign Minister James Cleverly has said that London “continues to follow the situation in Varosha with concern.”


He was responding to a written question submitted by the pro-Cypriot north London MP Theresa Villiers regarding Turkish President Erdogan’s visit to the area.


The Conservative MP had asked Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab “if he will make representations to his Turkish counterpart condemning the recent visit of President Erdogan to Varosha.”


In his response, Mr Cleverly added: “Prior to the visit of President Erdogan to the island, we made representations to Turkey through our Embassy in Ankara. The Foreign Secretary raised the issue of Varosha during his call with Turkish Cypriot leader Mr Ersin Tatar on 12 November and will discuss with the Turkish Foreign Minister Cavusolgu on 19 November [the call did indeed take place].”


The British Foreign Minister concluded: “The UK continues to strongly support the numerous Security Council Resolutions covering the issue of Varosha, notably 550 (1984) and 789 (1992). The issue underlines the importance of reaching a comprehensive Cyprus Settlement as a matter of urgency.”


Source: Cyprus News Agency

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