The United States condemned the announcement on Tuesday that parts of the abandoned area of Varosha would be transferred to Turkish Cypriot control, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement.
“We condemn the decision to have Turkish Cypriots take control over parts of Varosha, which is inconsistent with UN resolutions, unacceptable, and incompatible with past commitments to resume settlement talks. We urge a reversal of this decision and steps taken since Oct. 2020,” he said.
The Turkish move on the ghost town and former resort of Varosha is in violation of UN resolutions has been also slammed the European Union and the United Kingdom.
Cyprus is divided since a 1974 invasion by Turkey which still maintains troops in the north part of the EU-member state.
The announcement was preceded by a speech on the divided island by Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip on a two-state solution in Cyprus.
He had thrown his weight behind the controversial plans for the partial reopening of Varosha abandoned by its Greek Cypriot inhabitants in 1974.