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JEDDAH — The European Union on Tuesday strongly condemned Turkey’s unilateral steps to reopen the fenced-off town of Varosha.
The EU called the announcements made by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to justify the move "unacceptable".
In a press statement, the EU welcomed the statement made by the president of the UN Security Council on behalf of the Council last week and in particular the Security Council’s condemnation and expression of deep regret about the unilateral actions in Varosha that run contrary to the Security Council’s previous resolutions and statements.
The EU called for the immediate reversal of these actions and the reversal of all steps taken on Varosha since October 2020.
“The EU continues to be guided by the relevant UN Security Council resolutions with respect to Varosha, in particular Resolution 550 (1984) and Resolution 789 (1992), which consider attempts to settle any part of Varosha by people other than its inhabitants as inadmissible, and which call for the transfer of that area to the administration of the United Nations. No actions should be carried out in relation to Varosha that are not in accordance with those resolutions,” the statement read.
“Full respect for and implementation of UN Security Council Resolutions also require an immediate end to restrictions imposed on the freedom of movement of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) in the Varosha area. The EU continues to hold the Government of Turkey responsible for the situation in Varosha,” the statement added.
The EU underlined the need to avoid unilateral actions in breach of international law and renewed provocations, which could raise tensions on the island and compromise the ongoing efforts to seek common ground between the parties towards a lasting settlement of the Cyprus issue in line with relevant UN Security Council resolutions.
The EU said it remains fully committed to a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem on the basis of a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation with political equality, in accordance with the relevant UN Security Council resolutions and in line with the principles on which the EU is founded.
It reiterated that it is crucial that Turkey commits and contributes constructively to the resumption of negotiations for a comprehensive settlement, in accordance with the relevant UN Security Council resolutions.
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