Position on Varosha “very clear” and unchanged, Security Council President says

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The position of the Security Council on Varosha is very clear and has not changed, said Ambassador Marc Pecsteen de Buytswerve, the Permanent Representative of Belgium presiding over the UN body this month.

The Security Council met on Wednesday evening (local time) for a closed session on Libya. Buytswerve was asked after the meeting if the Security Council also discussed the issue of the fenced-off part of Famagusta in light of a conference organized there on February 15, by the Turkish Bar Association, and what the body’s reaction was.

The President of the Security Council said that “actually the Council has not discussed this question today, but we were made aware of the developments through a letter, and what I can say on this issue, is that the position of the Council is very clear. It made a statement on this in October last year and its position has not changed.”

The Turkish Bar Association organized on February 15 a round table meeting in Varosha, for the first time since 1974, which was attended by Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay and Turkish Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gül. Oktay stated that Varosha belongs to the TRNC and took part in a tour of the fenced off part of Famagusta.

Varosha, the fenced off section is often described as a ‘ghost town’.

 

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