Unilateral actions in Varosha not conducive for resumption of Cyprus talks, US Embassy says

Washington calls all parties to respect the UN Security Council resolutions regarding the fenced-off part of Famagusta, and notes that unilateral actions to reopen or settle Varosha are not conducive to the resumption of settlement talks in Cyprus.

A US embassy Spokesperson told CNA that our policy on Varosha has not changed. Any unilateral actions to reopen Varosha or to settle the city with people other than its original inhabitants would not be conducive to the resumption of settlement talks and would run contrary to United Nations Security Council Resolutions 550 and 789. The United States looks to all parties to respect these resolutions.

The embassies of Russia and France and the British High Commission in Cyprus also called yesterday for compliance with UN Security Council resolutions regarding Famagusta.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. Repeated rounds of UN-led peace talks have so far failed to yield results. The latest round of negotiations, in July 2017 at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana ended inconclusively.

Last Saturday, the Turkish Bar Association organized a round table meeting, which was held in Varosha for the first time since 1974, and was attended by Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay and Turkish Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gul, among others. Oktay stated that Varosha belongs to the illegal Turkish Cypriot regime, and took part in a tour of the fenced-off part of Famagusta.

UN Security Council resolution 550 (1984) considers any attempts to settle any part of Varosha (the fenced off area of Famagusta) by people other than its inhabitants as inadmissible and calls for the transfer of this area to the administration of the UN.

Efforts over the years for the legitimate citizens of Famagusta to return to the city have met with the refusal of the Turkish side, despite numerous decisions and resolutions by the UN, EU and other international institutions.

Source: Cyprus News Agency