Turkey and its occupying puppet government have been threatening to redevelop Varosha, an abandoned quarter of Famagusta, as they see fit, thereby defying the UN and EU and flying in the face of Security Council and European Parliament resolutions, instead of complying with calls by the international community to return the city to its rightful inhabitants.
A vigorous international and EU response is therefore needed in the face of Turkey´s persistent acts of defiance, provocation and aggression.
It is the responsibility of the EU to defend Famagusta, a European city that has been occupied for 46 years now, and to uphold the rights of the Greek Cypriots who are being callously barred from their city by the occupying regime.
It should accordingly issue Turkey with a warning of firm countermeasures should it attempt to make good its threats to Famagusta and its rightful residents.
On 24 August 2020, Member of the European Parliament (MEP), Lefteris Christoforou of the Group of the European People’s Party, addressed a written parliamentary question to the European Commission. MEP Christoforou asked the Commission “how will it respond to Turkey’s provocative utterances and what action will it take to prevent it from proceeding any further with its unlawful projects?”
On 25 November, High Representative and Vice-President Borrell formally responded on behalf of the European Commission. In his answer, he stated that “The High Representative’s Declaration on behalf of the EU on developments around Varosha of 13 October 2020 expressed the EU’s grave concern over the decision to proceed with the ‘opening’ as of 8 October 2020 of part of the fenced area of Varosha, following the announcement made in Ankara on 6 October 2020”.
High Representative and Vice-President Borrell explained “as stated by the European Council on 01 October 2020, and reaffirmed on 15-16 October 2020, the European Council supports the speedy resumption of negotiations, under the auspices of the United Nations (UN), and remains fully committed to a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem within the UN framework and in accordance with the relevant UN Security Council (SC) resolutions, including UNSC resolutions 550 (1984) and 789 (1992), and in line with the principles on which the EU is founded. It expects the same of Turkey”. He further clarified that the abovementioned Declaration of the High Representative “also underlined the importance of the status of Varosha, as set out in relevant UNSC resolutions, in particular, UNSC resolutions 550 (1984) and 789 (1992)”.
Finally, High Representative and Vice-President Borrell declared that “in this respect, the EU reiterated that full respect of relevant UNSC resolutions is crucial and called for the immediate reversal of recent actions” and “The EU will continue to convey clear messages to Turkey in this regard”.
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