Only hope of saving Varosha is resuming Cyprus talks, Famagusta mayor says

Only hope of saving Varosha is resuming Cyprus talks, Famagusta mayor says

The only hope of preventing further provocative actions and violations in Varosha is resuming the Cyprus talks, Famagusta Mayor Simos Ioannou said on Wednesday.

 

The only hope of preventing further provocative actions and violations in Varosha is resuming the Cyprus talks, Famagusta Mayor Simos Ioannou said on Wednesday.

The announcement that a section of the beach area in Varosha is to be reopened comes as one of the biggest shifts in the city’s status since Greek Cypriot inhabitants fled the city, as Turkish forces advanced, 46 years ago.

Speaking to the Cyprus News Agency, Ioannou also said that the move, approved by Turkish President Erdogan and announced by Turkish Cypriot ‘prime minister’ Ersin Tatar in Turkey, was done to aid Tatar in his election campaign.

But Ioannou stressed that the move was taken, in part, to tank the Cyprus talks. He also stated that reopening the beach is a step towards the complete resettlement of Varosha.

“In the case where Turkey’s favoured candidate is ‘elected’, then there will certainly be a continuation of such [resettlement] moves,” he said.

“They will proceed with opening larger areas of the beach, creating infrastructure and facilities while finding further excuses to keep on expanding,” Ioannou said.

Some had hoped that the Cyprus talks would resume soon after the ‘elections’ in the north on Sunday, however many see the latest move as a major obstacle towards renewing such efforts.

“If talks do not take place either now or in the near future there will certainly be a division and in such a case then the whole of Varosha will be lost,” Ioannou said.

 

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