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EU FMs handed top secret document on Turkish moves in north Cyprus since July 20

A highly-confidential document drafted by European expert  services was handed to EU foreign ministers in Brussels on Monday informing about all Turkish moves in the divided island’s occupied area.

It focuses on the Turkish moves in the fenced-off city of Varosha in Famagusta from July 20 onwards, Philenews reports.

The crucial document also includes aerial photographs of the drone base set up in Lefkoniko airport in the breakaway north but also in Bogazi area where the Turkish army intends to establish a naval base, according to insiders.

What is also important is the analysis in the top-secret document on the state of play in Cyprus, one also said. European analysts believe the Turkish actions in Varosha aim at creating a new fait accomplis in Cyprus.

To start with, the recent provocative actions in the north are linked to Ankara’s effort to prevent any developments in the Cyprus issue. At the same time, they aim to impose Ankara’s own terms for solving the problem in the long term.

The document refers to a “board ” that takes decisions about everything taking place in the occupied area. This “board” is composed of political figures in the Turkish-held north who receive instructions from both the Turkish “ambassador” in Nicosia and Turkish Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar.

Both receive their own instructions from two top ranking Turkish official – Fuat Oktay and Mevlut Cavusoglu. Both are known to make no move without the consent of  Turkish President Racep Erdogan.

The European document also documents Turkey’s ” hybrid approach” in the north which include intelligence action, calculated migration flows, use of military means, etc.

During Monday’s Foreign Affairs Council, the European foreign ministers also agreed to initiate the process to prepare the document on options to address the Varosha situation so it can be presented to the Committee of Permanent Representatives (Coreper).

This will prepare the ground for discussion ahead of the next Foreign Affairs Council on December 13.

Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides expressed Cyprus’ displeasure over the delay in the process, and added that the EU should send a message to Turkey that its action have consequences.


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