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UN Security Council condemns Turkey’s

illegalities in Cyprus

The Cyprus Government appears to be satisfied by a statement on Famagusta, adopted by U.N. Security Council members on Friday, which condemns recent announcements by Turkish president Erdogan and Turkish Cypriot leaders regarding the occupied city. The Cyprus News Agency, has reported that a presidential statement adopted by the United Nations Security Council after consultations and deliberations included references that were acceptable to Greek Cypriots. The Security Council was asked to deal with the issue after the Republic of Cyprus requested a UN statement following a Turkish announcement to reopen part of Famagusta, an illegal move heavily criticised by the Greek Cypriots. Reports said earlier drafts written by the British and circulated to UNSC members did not include reference to Turkey’s violations and attracted strong criticisms by member countries including India, China, Ireland, Russia and even the United States. But early on Friday, according to CNA, a new draft statement was introduced, stating “the Security Council condemns the announcement in Cyprus by Turkish and Turkish Cypriot leaders on July 20, 2021 on the further reopening of a part of the fenced-off area of Varosha.” CNA reported that deliberations had been underway between London and Nicosia and between London and Washington after an earlier silence procedure was broken by China, India and Ireland, with the members said to have requested “a certain amendment and for the statement to note that there has been a violation of the UN resolutions and statements”. According to CNA, the Security Council in the latest presidential draft “expresses its deep regret regarding these unilateral actions that run contrary to its previous resolutions and statements”. Below the full statement of the UNO Security Council. Statement by the President of the Security Council The Security-Council reaffirms the statement of its President of 9 October 2020 (S/PRST/2020/9) on Varosha. The Security Council reaffirms the status of Varosha as set out in previous United Nations Security Council resolutions, including resolution 550 (1984) and resolution 789 (1992). The Security Council reiterates that any attempt to settle any part of Varosha by people other than its inhabitants is inadmissible and that no actions should be carried out in relation to Varosha that are not in accordance with its resolutions. The Security Council condemns the announcement in Cyprus by Turkish and Turkish Cypriot leaders on 20 July 2021 on the further reopening of a part of the fenced-off area of Varosha. The Security Council expresses its deep regret regarding these unilateral actions that run contrary to its previous resolutions and statements. The Security Council calls for the immediate reversal of this course of action and the reversal of all steps taken on Varosha since October 2020. The Security Council underscores the need to avoid any further unilateral actions not in accordance with its resolutions and that could raise tensions on the island and harm prospects for a settlement. The Security Council stresses the importance of full respect and implementation of its resolutions, including the transfer of Varosha to UN administration and of respect for UNFICYP’s freedom of movement. The Security Council reaffirms its commitment to an enduring, comprehensive and just settlement in accordance with the wishes of the Cypriot people, and based on a bicommunal, bizonal federation with political equality, as set out in relevant Security Council resolutions, and its support for the Secretary-General’s efforts. The Security Council shall remain seized of the matter.
Greek Tribune Adelaide, South Australia
© 2020 Greek Community Tribune All Rights Reserved
© 2021 Greek Community Tribune All Rights Reserved

UN Security Council condemns Turkey’s

illegalities in Cyprus

The Cyprus Government appears to be satisfied by a statement on Famagusta, adopted by U.N. Security Council members on Friday, which condemns recent announcements by Turkish president Erdogan and Turkish Cypriot leaders regarding the occupied city. The Cyprus News Agency, has reported that a presidential statement adopted by the United Nations Security Council after consultations and deliberations included references that were acceptable to Greek Cypriots. The Security Council was asked to deal with the issue after the Republic of Cyprus requested a UN statement following a Turkish announcement to reopen part of Famagusta, an illegal move heavily criticised by the Greek Cypriots. Reports said earlier drafts written by the British and circulated to UNSC members did not include reference to Turkey’s violations and attracted strong criticisms by member countries including India, China, Ireland, Russia and even the United States. But early on Friday, according to CNA, a new draft statement was introduced, stating “the Security Council condemns the announcement in Cyprus by Turkish and Turkish Cypriot leaders on July 20, 2021 on the further reopening of a part of the fenced-off area of Varosha.” CNA reported that deliberations had been underway between London and Nicosia and between London and Washington after an earlier silence procedure was broken by China, India and Ireland, with the members said to have requested “a certain amendment and for the statement to note that there has been a violation of the UN resolutions and statements”. According to CNA, the Security Council in the latest presidential draft “expresses its deep regret regarding these unilateral actions that run contrary to its previous resolutions and statements”. Below the full statement of the UNO Security Council. Statement by the President of the Security Council The Security-Council reaffirms the statement of its President of 9 October 2020 (S/PRST/2020/9) on Varosha. The Security Council reaffirms the status of Varosha as set out in previous United Nations Security Council resolutions, including resolution 550 (1984) and resolution 789 (1992). The Security Council reiterates that any attempt to settle any part of Varosha by people other than its inhabitants is inadmissible and that no actions should be carried out in relation to Varosha that are not in accordance with its resolutions. The Security Council condemns the announcement in Cyprus by Turkish and Turkish Cypriot leaders on 20 July 2021 on the further reopening of a part of the fenced-off area of Varosha. The Security Council expresses its deep regret regarding these unilateral actions that run contrary to its previous resolutions and statements. The Security Council calls for the immediate reversal of this course of action and the reversal of all steps taken on Varosha since October 2020. The Security Council underscores the need to avoid any further unilateral actions not in accordance with its resolutions and that could raise tensions on the island and harm prospects for a settlement. The Security Council stresses the importance of full respect and implementation of its resolutions, including the transfer of Varosha to UN administration and of respect for UNFICYP’s freedom of movement. The Security Council reaffirms its commitment to an enduring, comprehensive and just settlement in accordance with the wishes of the Cypriot people, and based on a bicommunal, bizonal federation with political equality, as set out in relevant Security Council resolutions, and its support for the Secretary-General’s efforts. The Security Council shall remain seized of the matter.
Greek Tribune
Adelaide, South Australia