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Prodromos Prodromou: Cyprus Government will not Remain Passive in Cavusoglu's Remarks on Varoshia

Prodromos Prodromou: Cyprus Government will not Remain Passive in Cavusoglu's Remarks on Varoshia

The Cyprus government has condemned statements by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu regarding the opening of the fenced off town of Varosha in the occupied Famagusta district and stressed that it would not remain inactive, the Cyprus News Agency reports.

Government Spokesman Prodromos Prodromou issued on Thursday a written statement following Cavusoglu`s remarks on CNN Turk that Ankara is making preparations and that they are ready to open Famagusta. The Minister visited the ghost town a few days ago accompanied by the ``foreign minister`` of the regime in the occupied areas Kudret Ozersay.

The Spokesman in his statement pointed out that the government condemns these remarks and that they once again prove Turkey`s main objectives. He said that Turkey does not want the resumption of the talks for a Cyprus solution and questions Cyprus` sovereign rights to exploit its natural resources in its exclusive economic zone. Prodromou added that the President and the government will use all political and diplomatic means available to address these statements by Turkey.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. Repeated rounds of UN-led peace talks have so far failed to yield results. The latest round of negotiations, in July 2017 at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana ended inconclusively.

Varosha is the fenced off section of the Turkish occupied town of Famagusta, often described as ‘ghost town’. UN Security Council resolution 550 (1984) considers any attempts to settle any part of Varosha by people other than its inhabitants as inadmissible and calls for the transfer of this area to the administration of the UN.

Efforts over the years for the legitimate citizens of Famagusta to return to the city have met with the refusal of the Turkish side, despite numerous decisions and resolutions by the UN, EU and other international institutions.

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