The Cyprus government is to seek a swift meeting of the United Nations Security Council in a move to stop Turkish plans to exclude Greeks and Greek Cypriots from the Varosha area of Famagusta.
The Cyprus government is to seek a swift meeting of the United Nations Security Council in a move to stop Turkish plans to exclude Greeks and Greek Cypriots from the Varosha area of Famagusta. The move came after a joint meeting of the Council of Ministers and the National Council in Nicosia on Wednesday (24 August).
The acting president of the republic, Mr. Spyros Kyprianou, today convened a joint meeting of the republic's cabinet and National Council which is comprised of the political party leaders and the interlocutor of the intercommunal talks for the future of the island. The meeting discussed in detail the situation in Cyprus especially after a threat by the turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash to close the border between the north and south of the Island, and to colonize the East Cyprus town of Famagusta. The Greek section of this town is due to be colonized by mainland Turks as from the beginning of September.
SYNOPSIS: The four-hour meeting was attended by leaders of all Greek Cypriot political parties and was presided over by the acting President Spyros Kyprianou. The meeting decided to send him to New York to address the U.N. General Assembly next month. Cyprus's permanent resident at the U.N. has already been instructed to press for an urgent Security Council meeting to prevent what the meeting called the Turkish colonisation of Famagusta. The whole situation is to be debated by the General Assembly in November.
Varosha was sealed off by Turkish forces after they captures the area during fighting three years ago. Earlier this month informed Turkish Cypriot sources said the Turkish army planned to relinquish control of the area. Then the Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash invited all owners of property except Greeks and Greek Cypriots to resume operations. The area is seen as an important bargaining counter as it contained almost half of the island's total tourist accommodation at the time it was captured.
It's thought the Cyprus government will also ask the Security Council to enforce Turkish compliance with previous U.N. resolutions calling for the withdrawal of all foreign troops and the return of 200,000 Greek Cypriot refugees to their homes in occupied northern Cyprus.