Wednesday, July 21, 2021

EU Slams Turkey's Plans for Cyprus as 'Unacceptable' - FARS

(FNA)- The European Union (EU) blasted as “unacceptable" the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s “two-state” plan for the resolution of disputes over the divided island of Cyprus.

EU Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell voiced deep concern on Tuesday after Erdogan said peace talks can take place only between "the two states" on the Mediterranean island and Turkish Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar announced plans for reopening the abandoned Cypriot resort town of Varosha.

"The High Representative of the European Union expresses his deep concern over the announcements made by President Erdogan and Mr. Tatar on 20 July 2021, with respect to the fenced-off area of Varosha, which constitutes an unacceptable unilateral decision to change the status of Varosha," Borrell stated in a statement.

"The EU once again underlines the need to avoid unilateral actions in breach of international law and renewed provocations, which could raise tensions on the island and compromise a return to talks on a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus issue," he added.

The chief also expressed concern in a tweet, noting the Turkish plan for Cyprus “risks raising tensions on the island and compromising return to talks on a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus issue".

The reaction came after Erdogan paid a visit to Varosha on Tuesday to mark the 47th anniversary of Turkey's 1974 invasion that split Cyprus, vowing that "life will restart" in the former resort.

Varosha, the playground of celebrities and dubbed a “jewel of the Mediterranean”, has been left a fenced off ghost town for the past decades after the invasion.

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