Nicosia: We expect the UN to keep the same position for Famagusta in accordance with the decisions of the Council of Ministers

Nicosia: We expect the UN to keep the same position for Famagusta in accordance with the decisions of the Council of Ministers

Anastasiades deemed it necessary to appeal again to the UN Secretary-General with a letter on the issue of Famagusta

by Michalis Michael

The Cypriot government expects the United Nations to maintain the same position on the Famagusta issue, which will be in line with the decisions of the UN Security Council, which are clear and are now being flagrantly violated with the announcements being made in the occupied territories, said the Cypriot Government Spokesman Prodromos Prodromou. He pointed out that the position of the UN for years, as agreed from the first moment between the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot side, when the talks began after 1974, has been clear, and especially that the fenced town of Famagusta should be returned to the legitimate residents and the rights of legitimate owners restored.

Mr Prodromou said that the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades, explains in a letter sent to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on 26 June regarding the issue of Famagusta, that the plan announced today in the occupied areas is part of Turkey’s plan B after the impasse at the Crans Montaña Conference. The Government Spokesman also noted that the President also reiterates the proposal he recently submitted to Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci for the establishment of a technical committee for the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the fenced town of Famagusta.

In his statements at the Presidential Palace, Mr. Prodromou said that “in this very critical juncture, with Turkey’s serious illegal actions in the Republic of Cyprus’s EEZ and the provocative announcements in the occupied area regarding Famagusta, the President of the Republic has considered it necessary to address again the UN Secretary-General with a letter on the Famagusta issue.”

“The President of the Republic reminds the Secretary General of all the Cypriot government’s appeals, for years, for the return and resettlement of the legitimate residents and owners of the city of Famagusta, under the control of the UN, in accordance with the relevant Security Council resolutions, which Turkey ignores,” said Mr Prodromou. He added that the President in his letter refers to the announcements made these days in the occupied areas about the city of Famagusta, and suggests that these actions are totally opposed to and violate both the high-level agreements of 1977-79, and all the related Security Council resolutions from 1977 to 1992.

Mr Prodromou also said that the President of the Republic quoted in the letter these four decisions, which explicitly provide for the resettlement of the legal residents in the fenced city under the control of the UN. The President refers to all reports of the Secretary-General on UN actions, highlighting the special status of Varosha, as well as Turkey’s responsibility, due to the military occupation, for the situation in Varosha, the spokesman added.

“The President explains that this planning announced today in the occupied areas is part of Turkey’s plan B after the impasse at the Crans Montana Conference, of which the President has already spoken of to the Secretary of State by sending a letter to him on 4 August 2017,” Mr Prodromou said, recalling the Secretary-General’s reply on 18 August 2017 in which, despite the information on Turkey’s plan B, he reaffirmed that the position of the UN does not change and is always in line with the relevant decisions of the Security Council.

Prodromou noted that the President also reiterated the proposal, which he recently submitted in writing to the Turkish Cypriot leader in order to establish a technical committee for the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the fenced town of Famagusta, which provides for the financing of the Committee’s operation from the EU, as well as technical facilities from the UN in order to ensure the demilitarization of the town of Famagusta.

This proposal is fully in line with the relevant Security Council resolutions, that call for the return of the fenced town of Varosha to its legitimate residents, he noted./ibna