Prolonged inactivity in Cyprus talks could lead to permanent division

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Famagusta Municipality has warned that the prolonged inactivity in the Cyprus talks could lead to the gradual annexation with Turkey and the permanent division of the island.

The municipality’s council convened on Wednesday on the occasion of the 45th anniversary of the Turkish intervention and approved a resolution calling for a solution that will reunite the country and the people, restore and secure the human rights and fundamental freedoms of all Cypriots and allow for the town’s return to its lawful inhabitants.

It said the Cyprus problem continues to remain at its most critical stage with time and the prolonged inactivity proving to be factors that could lead to the gradual annexation with Turkey and the island’s permanent division.

The resolution notes that it supports the resumption of the UN-backed negotiations, adding that this procedure is the only way for a peaceful resolution of the Cyprus issue. It also describes as positive the result of the two leaders’ meeting on 9th August and that it looks forward to a resumption of the dialogue with the aim to reach an agreed settlement.

It points out that the return of Famagusta is primarily a humanitarian issue and disagrees with any actions that aim at making permanent the current status quo.

The resolution considers the Turkish actions inside Cyprus’ EEZ and the entry of Turkish officials in the fenced-off area of Famagusta Maras(Varosha) as well as statements to open the town under EVKAF as unacceptable and that they do not contribute in fostering an atmosphere that will allow for the resumption of the negotiations.

The foreign minister Kudret Ozersay recently led a group inside the fenced-off area to inventory decaying buildings as part of a land registry study to determine ownership of properties by Greek Cypriots and the Muslim community trust, the EVKAF which claims substantial ownership.

MARAS (Varosha) , the fenced-off part of the once-thriving holiday resort of Famagusta, on the eastern coast of Cyprus, has been sealed since 1974 and according to the UN, the Turkish military is responsible for it. Repeated attempts to hand the area to UN administration have so far failed.

UNSC resolution 550 (1984) ‘considers 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 United Nations’.

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades sent on June 26 a letter to the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, in which he explains that the plans announced recently in North Cyprus, concerning Maras (Varosha), constitute part of Turkey’s plan B, after the deadlock at the Conference on Cyprus in Crans-Montana.

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9 comments

Issy Hassan Atahasan
Issy Hassan Atahasan August 15, 2019 at 10:52 am

Nicholas Mastoroudes what lesson was that? Are you suggesting shooting people in the back!!

Hara Charalambous
Hara Charalambous August 15, 2019 at 10:24 am

Nicholas Mastoroudes the people that are hostile are dealt with by admin directly. Hostility and disrespect are not acceptable…especially on this page!

How am I one sided?

Hara Charalambous
Hara Charalambous August 15, 2019 at 8:18 am

Nicholas Mastoroudes your comment comes across hostile, and its uncalled for.

Division is not the answer! Hostility got us no-where.

Remember that we are all Cypriots. We have all had heartache over the Island of LOVE!…..How about we practice some of that love towards all Cypriots?!

Mehmet Gazi
Mehmet Gazi August 15, 2019 at 7:55 am

i don’t think its a threat, i think its very sound advise and thinking, there is only so much anyone can take and the games that are played cannot go on for even, the talks will not go on open-ended forever.

Michael Robert Arnold
Michael Robert Arnold August 14, 2019 at 11:20 pm

Thought twas already divided Mmmm

Attila Antor
Attila Antor August 14, 2019 at 9:46 pm

The same people who voted no to the anan plan
Are now saying that turkey is taking over Cyprus you can’t make up this stuff

Tony Ali
Tony Ali August 14, 2019 at 10:13 pm

If they keep prolonging the situation and don’t agree to a-makable agreement with the Turkish Cypriots Turkey will take over. The Greek are plying for time hopping that somehow Turkey will be attached by a big country or several countries and will become wick so they can pounce on us and make their big idea come true. But the opposite is happening Turkey is becoming a major power in the area and is getting stronger by the day. None of us wants war but if the Greeks carry on the way they are that’s what we are heading for. As always it will be their own fault yet again. I hope I am wrong about the war. Turkey will be a power to recon with in the next 10 years.

David Maddie
David Maddie August 14, 2019 at 9:05 pm

There will never be a United island two separate states is the only answer

Tony Ali
Tony Ali August 14, 2019 at 8:40 pm

The un resolutions are not worth the paper they are written on. The Turkish Cypriots will do what ever is necessary to improve their own lives.
Get oil and gas out of the sea together and compensate every one that lost property. End of.

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