The Greek Foreign Affairs Ministry condemned Tuesday’s announcement by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that he would reopen part of Varosha, the shut-down suburb of Famagusta.
The ministry said the decision changes the status of the closed-off uninhabited area, in violation of related UN Security Council resolutions.
“Greece condemns in the strongest way possible today’s announcement by the Turkish side on the declassification of part of the fenced-off area of Varosha,” it said, naming specifically the UN Security Council resolutions 550 (1984), 789 (1992), and 1251 (1999) and conclusions of the European Council “that call on Turkey to avoid unilateral and provocative actions that destabilize the region.”
The Foreign Ministry further said that “Greece, in full coordination with the Cyprus Republic, remains committed to the resolution of the Cyprus issue on the basis of a bizonal, bicommunal federation, as relevant resolutions of the UN Security Council define and in agreement with the principles of the European Union – principles that we call on Turkey, a candidate for EU accession, to respect.”
Greek Foreign Affairs Minister Nikos Dendias expressed Greece’s solidarity to people and government of Cyprus in a phone call to his Cyprus counterpart Nikos Christodoulides on Tuesday.
According to a Greek ministry tweet, they discussed the close coordination of the two countries to deal with Turkish provocative behavior.
FM Dendias briefs US State Dept official on Varosha
Foreign Affairs Minister Nikos Dendias briefed US Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland on Turkey’s illegal actions in Varosha, in a phone call on Tuesday, the minister wrote on Twitter.
They also discussed the Greece-US Strategic Dialogue and issues regarding the Western Balkans, Libya, Syria, India, and China, Dendias added.
In a phone call today, I informed #US @UnderSecStateP V.Nuland on Turkey's illegal actions in Varosha. Strategic Dialogue ???? & issues regarding #WesternBalkans, #Libya, #Syria, #India & #China were also discussed. pic.twitter.com/fqLBo1ZgPx
— Nikos Dendias (@NikosDendias) July 20, 2021
PM Mitsotakis: Our message for fair solution with a Cyprus united and without occupation troops remains strong and active
“Time goes by but nobody forgets. 47 years from the Turkish invasion of Cyprus and our message for a fair solution with the island united and without occupation troops remains strong, real and totally active” stated Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis in a post on Facebook on Tuesday on the sad anniversary.
“Today we remember and fight by honouring the heroes that defended the integrity and independence of Cyprus” he said among others.
“It is time for Turkey to abandon the deadlock of threats against Cyprus and the Turkish-Cypriots. Αfter all, they are threats against the international legality and stability in the region, against the EU and the values of the 21st century and that’s why they will not be tolerated”, Mitsotakis said.