India worries about Varosha issue in Cyprus
new York [US], July 22 (ANI): India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations TS Tirumurti on Wednesday expressed concern over the transfer of parts of a coastal town of Varosha under Turkish Cypriot control.
It comes as Turkey plans to partially reopen the fenced-in Cypriot town of Famagusta for later relocation.
The decision met with a rebuke from the Greek Cypriots, who accused Turkey of organizing a land grab. Other countries have also expressed concerns about Turkey’s intention to reopen and relocate an area constituting about 3.4% of Varosha.
Speaking to Twitter, Ambassador Tirumurti said Cypriot-led and controlled processes should be the basis for decisions in the region.
“At the UNSC today on Cyprus and at the UN in Cyprus, I said: Deeply concerned about unilateral measures on Varosha contrary to UNSC resolutions; the presidential Council declaration of October 2020 has not been respected the Cypriot-led process on the “bizonal bi” communal federation “should be the basis,” Tirumurti tweeted.
The British Foreign Office said on Tuesday that Turkey’s decision “runs counter to Security Council resolutions and the Security Council’s presidential statement of October 8, 2020, which calls on Turkey to stop and reverse its actions. Varosha “. Turkish Cypriot authorities, according to Sputnik, have said real estate in the recently opened Varosha district of the city of Famagusta could be returned to owners. The announcement came during Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s visit to the island.
The tourist district has been closed to the public since the 1974 war. Currently, Varosha is protected by a 1984 UN Security Council resolution. (ANI)