The presidential statement approved by every 15 Security Council The members, affirmed that “no actions should be carried out in relation to Varosha, which are not in accordance with its decisions”.
“the Security Council Condemns the announcement by the Turkish and Turkish Cypriot leaders in Cyprus on July 20, 2021 regarding the reopening of part of the Varosha fenced area,” the statement continued.
Secretary General Tweet embed Deeply concerned about the announcements made by the Turkish Cypriots and Turkey on 20 July regarding the further opening of the fenced city of Varosha. Full statement: https://t.co/RszcvnTnlH
– UN Spokesperson (UN_Spokesperson) July 21, 2021
The Security Council expresses its deep regret over these unilateral acts that are in violation of its previous resolutions and statements.
The statement calls for “the immediate reversal of this course of action and the cancellation of all steps taken with regard to Varosha since October 2020.”
The statement followed a closed-door briefing earlier today by the outgoing UN Special Representative. Elizabeth Sphar.
The island in the Mediterranean was divided between the Greek and Turkish Cypriot community for 47 years, and a 1964 Security Council resolution recommended the creation of a peacekeeping force to maintain law and order and help end inter-communal conflict.
According to news reports, Greek Cypriot leaders on Wednesday appealed to the council over plans by the Turkish Cypriot authorities to return a 1.35-square-mile strip of Varosha, from military control to civilian control, and open it up for potential resettlement.
The self-declared Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, backed by Turkey, made the initial announcement the day before, that part of the suburb would come under civilian control.
On Wednesday, the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres Expressing deep concern over Wednesday’s statements by Turkey and Turkish Cypriot leaders regarding the reopening of Varosha, he said the UN position “has not changed and is guided by relevant Security Council resolutions.”
in a statment Released by his deputy spokesperson, Farhan Haq, Mr. Guterres called on all parties to “refrain from any unhelpful actions and engage in dialogue to achieve peace and prosperity on the island through a comprehensive settlement.”
“The Secretary-General has repeatedly called on all parties to refrain from unilateral actions that raise tensions and may jeopardize ongoing efforts to search for common ground between the parties for a lasting settlement of the Cyprus question.”
The Security Council statement concluded by reaffirming its commitment to “a lasting, comprehensive and just settlement, in accordance with the wishes of the Cypriot people, and on the basis of a bi-communal and bi-zonal federation, with political equality”.