Nicosia anxiously waits for the moves by the EU’s Josep Borrell on Turkish-held Famagusta and how Ankara’s provocations will be addressed when the Council meets again in December.
Borrell – High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs – is expected to propose concrete measures after the Council takes stock of recent developments there.
The European Commission has already called on Turkey to reverse its unilateral actions in the fenced off area of Varosha in Famagusta on July 20 – the anniversary of Ankara’s invasion in Cyprus back in 1974. That was when they opened up the ‘ghost town’ for settlement.
On Tuesday, the Foreign Ministers of Greece and Cyprus met again in Nicosia – hours only after the Foreign Ministers Council in Luxembourg where the state of play in Famagusta was discussed.
Their meeting mainly focused on coordination moves to be taken jointly in view of the next COREPER (Committee of Permanent Representatives) and December’s Council.
Both ministers stressed that they expected concrete measures on Famagusta on the basis of the proposals the EU High Representative would make. And that these measures should be taken soon, very soon.