News Local Cyprus FM briefs EU counterparts over Turkey’s violations in Varosha

Cyprus FM briefs EU counterparts over Turkey’s violations in Varosha

Cyprus Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides is briefing in Luxembourg on Monday his EU counterparts over the latest illegal actions of Turkey in Varosha – the fenced off suburb in Turkish-held Famagusta.
Christodoulides, who is taking part in the EU Foreign Affairs Council meeting,  is also informing them on the reaction by the international community, including that of the UN Security Council.
In a presidential statement last week, the Security Council called for the immediate reversal of the Turkish action to partially re-open the beach in Varosha.
Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third.
Varosha, the fenced off section of the Turkish occupied town of Famagusta, is often described as a ‘ghost town’.
UN Security Council resolution 550 (1984) considers any attempts to settle any part of Varosha by people other than its inhabitants as inadmissible and calls for the transfer of this area to the administration of the UN.
UN Security Council resolution 789 (1992) also urges that with a view to the implementation of resolution 550 (1984), the area at present under the control of the United Nations Peace-keeping Force in Cyprus be extended to include Varosha.
Christodoulides will also discuss with his counterparts the issuing on Sunday of a new illegal Navtex by Turkey to conduct research activities in a region within the Republic of Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), according to a press release by the Foreign Ministry in Nicosia.
According to the agenda, the Council will discuss among others about the current developments in Nagorno Karabakh, the Kyrgyz Republic, Mozambique, and Venezuela.
The Foreign Ministers will also exchange views on the Belgrade-Pristina Dialogue, about the situation in Belarus, the EU-Russia relations and the EU cooperation with the Latin America and Caribbean states.
Moreover, they will hold a strategic discussion on multilateralism, focusing on the prospects of a more active involvement and activity of the EU at the international level. (CNA)

Top Stories

127 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday

The Health Ministry announced 127 new COVID-19 cases on 21 October, out of 3,309 laboratory tests, taking confirmed infections to 2, 966. The break-down of...

Non-reversible damage to the sight of five patients operated for cataract

The damage to the sight of five out of the eight patients who were operated for cataract and presented serious complications due to infection...

Committee to prepare list of animals for pet shops; reactions

For the first time in Cyprus a list will be prepared with the animals that can be sold in pet shops, however, the issue...

Medical Association on Cyprus’ epidemiological situation

The Cyprus Medical Association is once again asking the public and businesses to make sure not to violate any protocols and to dutifully respect...

15-year-old missing since 20 October (PHOTO)

Police are looking for 15-year-old Antzel Ioannou, who has been reported missing from her place of residence in Nicosia since yesterday, 20 October. Ioannou is...


Squash soup

Ingredients: 1 kg pumpkin, cut into small cubes, approximately 5 cups 2 medium (400g) sweet potatoes, cut into cubes, approximately 2 ½ cups 1 chopped leek, only...


No visit to Cyprus is complete without enjoying the traditional meal of many small dishes known as ‘meze’. This large feast, which has been a...

Prawns with fried cheese, barley shaped pasta

Put the barley shaped pasta into a small pan with salted water, bring to a boil and when tender, drain. Peal the prawns leaving...

Salmon and shrimp sheftalies

Mix all ingredients for tabbouli in a bowl and keep to one side so flavours can combine. Prepare the sheftalies: wash and soak the casing...