US warns Turkey: “Provocative and counterproductive” stance in Cyprus

The United States condemned Turkey’s decision to reopen Varosha, area located in the buffer zone of Cyprus.

“This move was incompatible with UN Security Council Resolutions 550 and 789. Our position has not changed: any further steps in this direction would be provocative and counterproductive to the resumption of the settlement talks,” the statement read.

The US continues to support a comprehensive settlement for the reunification of Cyprus as a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation, along with its ally, Greece.

Earlier on Tuesday, Greece and Cyprus condemned the announcement made by Turkey and its puppet regime in the north of Cyprus to open a part of Varosha in Famagusta in contravention of UN resolutions.

President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades said the announcement was an “effort to alter the status quo” and added that “unity and the continued effort through the ‘weapons’ provided by international law, the EU and the principles of justice are the way to avert Turkey’s pursuits.”

Anastasiades also announced an extraordinary session of the National Council on Wednesday to assess the situation and make decisions on further steps.