Turkey has intensified provocations in Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone and in occupied Famagusta and this hinders the creation of right conditions for the resumption of UN-brokered Cyprus peace talks.
This is what President Nicos Anastasiades has said, adding that the Turkish Cypriot leadership totally identifies with Ankara’s policy and statements that talks should begin on the non-agreed basis of a two-state solution.
The President also said that all these make the resumption of talks very difficult as there is no common ground.
Anastasiades reassured that the Greek Cypriot side will make its utmost for a peaceful future for all Cypriots, focusing on UN Resolutions on Cyprus and using its strategic partnerships and the country`s geopolitical location. As well as on the fact that it is an EU member state.
He also said that the refugees’ will and determination to return to their homes is the beacon that guides our efforts for a reunited homeland.
Turkey invaded Cyprus on July 20, 1974. Numerous UN backed talks to reunite the island have failed to yield results.
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.
Turkish Cypriot leader, Ersin Tatar, on Tuesday announced on behalf of Turkey a partial lifting of the military status in Varosha.