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Foreign Minister on Monday to make direct appeal to UN on Varosha’s new bleak developments

Cyprus Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides on Monday will make a direct appeal on new bleak development in Turkish-held Varosha in Famagusta to Colin Stewart – the head of UNFICYP.

The breakaway Turkish Cypriot regime in the divided island’s north has opened another stretch of beach in Varosha – the fenced-off area of Famagusta – despite a 1984 U.N. Security Council resolution saying that only its legal inhabitants can resettle the town.

The meeting at the Foreign Ministry in Nicosia comes after assurances by the UN that their position on Varosha is unchanged and that they are monitoring the situation closely.

Kasoulides has already said that he intended to remind Stewart that Cyprus has responded to his request for certain actions for the benefit of the Turkish Cypriots.

Therefore, he added, Nicosia demands a similar response from the other side, and not what has been witnessed by the occupation forces.

Reports last week showed that the stretch being cleared on the Golden Sands beach in Varosha for commercial use is around 600 metres long.

Displaced Famagusta mayor Simos Ioannou last week urged the government  to respond to Turkey’s provocations.

The Famagusta municipality, he added, has already sent three written complaints to the UN Secretary General.

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