Foreign Ministry condemns Turkey’s expressed intention to open “consulate general” in Famagusta

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in South Cyprus has condemned Turkey’s expressed intention to open a “consulate general” in Famagusta.

The Ministry said this behavior reveals Turkey’s attempt to create new unacceptable faits accomplis and to undermine the prospect to restart the Cyprus talks in the framework of the UN Secretary General’s Good Offices mission.

It stresses that South Cyprus will continue to address Turkey’s actions with determination and to work towards the success of the ongoing effort to create the necessary conditions for the resumption of talks on the Cyprus issue from the point they stopped in Crans-Montana, Switzerland.

The Ministry condemns Turkey’s expressed intention to open a “consulate general” in Famagusta, as it was stated by Turkey’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, during his visit to Cyprus on  September 8 – 9.

This intention, it adds, constitutes yet another serious secessionist action that violates the relevant UN resolutions, especially Security Council resolution 550, which “condemns all secessionist actions, including the purported exchange of ambassadors between Turkey and the Turkish Cypriot leadership, declares them illegal and invalid and calls for their immediate withdrawal” and it is added to previous actions of Turkey and officials of North Cyprus over the last period of time regarding Famagusta, but also more broadly.

“This behavior is expressive of Turkey’s attempt to create new unacceptable faits accomplis and undermine the prospect to restart the process for the Cyprus issue in the framework of the UN Secretary General’s mission of Good Offices,” the Ministry notes.

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