The EU’s diplomatic chief has condemned plans by breakaway northern Cyprus to reopen the seashore of an deserted resort in no-man’s land as a “critical violation” of a UN ceasefire settlement on the divided island.
The Turkish Cypriot chief, Ersin Tatar, backed by Ankara, has vowed to open a coastal part of disputed Varosha, prompting anger from the island’s internationally recognised authorities.
The EU overseas coverage chief, Josep Borrell, stated the incident would solely exacerbate tensions between Turkey and the bloc, already operating excessive over Ankara’s gasoline exploration in Cypriot waters.
Russia has additionally stated it’s involved by the transfer.
“The opening of this space, which is a closed space in accordance with the ceasefire agreements beneath the auspices of the United Nations, is a critical violation of this settlement,” Borrell instructed the European parliament.
He stated the bloc would concern a press release afterward Wednesday “asking Turkey to cease this exercise”.
“For positive this isn’t going to assist. Quite the opposite it’s going to make it harder to succeed in an settlement on an particularly tough scenario for all of us on the japanese Mediterranean,” he added.
The Turkish military has saved Varosha fenced off since its Greek Cypriot residents fled when it invaded northern Cyprus in 1974 in response to an Athens-engineered coup making an attempt to unite the island with Greece.
Turkey, the one nation that recognises the self-proclaimed Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, has lengthy deliberate to open Varosha, and the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, welcomed Tatar’s announcement.