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    Representations being made to avert Turkish plans on Famagusta

    South Cyprus has been making representations to the UN, the EU and towards other directions with a view to averting plans by the Turkish side with regard to the fenced-off city of Famagusta Maras(Varosha) which are absolutely contrary to the UN Security Council decisions, Prodromos Prodromou has said.

    Invited to comment statements by the “prime minister” of the Turkish Cypriot North on Maras/Varosha and asked if steps are being taken to prevent  moves that will create a new fait accompli, Prodromou replied in the affirmative, noting that apart from the letter that Nicos Anastasiades has sent to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on this issue, the South Cyprus has been making representations particularly to the UN, but also to the EU and towards other directions.

    Furthermore, he noted that the UN knows that with its plans on Maras/Varosha the other side is blatantly violating convergences reached during the UN Conference on Cyprus, and more particularly through the map with the territorial adjustments proposals that were submitted by the Turkish Cypriot side.

    Prodromou said that in his letter to Guterres, Anastasiades “makes clear and underlines, among others, that instead of moving on with Confidence Building Measures, as the UNSG himself urged the sides to do, the Turkish side launches threats about Famagusta, Maras and seems that it is trying to implement its plan B on Cyprus, for which Anastasiades has also informed the UN.

    The spokesman said that in order to avert these plans, Anastasiades has also expressed his readiness for the resumption of the talks on the Cyprus problem, underlining that he has asked the UN to act towards this direction as well, given the fact that the UNSG undertook almost a year ago an initiative aiming at the resumption of the negotiations.

    Asked if South Cyprus intends to raise this issue before the UNSC permanent five, Prodromou said that the Foreign Minister, the diplomatic service and Cyprus Permanent Representation at the UN are making the necessary representations, making use of the diplomatic means at their disposal.

    Invited to say if the government expects that the UNSG will touch upon the issue of Maras/Varosha in his forthcoming report on the UN peacekeeping force in Cyprus (UNFICYP), the spokesman said that they are expecting to see the draft report. He also noted that a meeting that Anastasiades was going to have in the coming days with UNSG’s Special Representative in Cyprus Elizabeth Spehar will be rescheduled, as Anastasiades is still recovering following surgery on Saturday, to repair a fractured hip.

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