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As Varosha illegally opens, UNFICYP “closely monitors developments”

As the Turkish side in divided Cyprus on Thursday illegally re-opened part of the abandoned beach area in Varosha, the spokesman of UNFICYP said peace-keeping force closely monitors developments there.

“Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Elizabeth Spehar, remains engaged with both sides while UNFICYP is continuing to closely monitor developments in Varosha,” he said.

“The position of the UN on Varosha remains unchanged and we are guided by the relevant UN Security Council resolutions,” he added.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third.

Varosha, an abandoned resort in no-man’s land in Famagusta, has a pristine coastline of thick golden sand, most of it in the now out-of-bounds Varosha quarter.

Presently, about 200 metres (660 ft) of it is accessible to the public under the towering shadow of a hotel and a three-storey resort bombed during the war and left rotting since then.

The rest of it is fenced off by rusting barbed wire which extends into the sea, guarded by Turkish soldiers.

 

 

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