Cyprus protests the liberation of ghosts-suburban residential area


Cyprus, Paralimni —The ethnically divided Cypriot government officially protests the United Nations and the European Union on Tuesday about the decision by Turkey and the secessionist Turkish Cypriots to reopen abandoned military-controlled suburban residential areas. went.

The government has called for a covert bid to acquire more territory that could thwart peace efforts, and President Nicos Anastasiades has a council resolution banning changes in coastal status. Call for what was called a breach and for the return of Valosha to the legitimate inhabitants.

Turkish Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar said early Tuesday that a 3.5-square-kilometer (1.35-square-mile) parcel of Valosha returned from military to civilian control, and Greek Cypriots were statutory on the Immovable Property Commission (IPC). Announced that it is possible to attempt to regain property through. An authority authorized to arbitrate such cases.

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoan (back left) and Turkish Cyprus leader Ersin Tatar (second from left) announced on July 20, 2021 that Turkey in 1974 in the Turkish-occupied territory of Nicosia, the split capital of Cyprus. Attend a military parade to commemorate the 47th anniversary of the invasion. .. (Nedim Enginsoy / AP photo)

Tatar announced prior to a military parade attended by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to commemorate the 47th anniversary of Turkey’s invasion following the Cypriot coup d’etat for a coalition with Greece. Only Turkey has allowed the declaration of independence of Turkish Cyprus, and the government of Prime Minister Erdogan has more than 35,000 troops stationed in Northern Cyprus.

The island’s internationally recognized government is in the south. Both Prime Minister Erdogan and Prime Minister Tayyip can achieve lasting peace in Cyprus only through decades of negotiations for the international community to approve two separate states and reach a federal-based unified agreement. It states.

The European Union’s Foreign Policy Officer Josep Borrell said in a statement Tuesday that the EU still sees unity as a goal and supports the involvement of the Security Council. Cyprus is an EU member state, but Turkey is not.

“The EU continues to do its utmost to solve the Cyprus issue comprehensively, in accordance with the relevant UNSC resolutions and in line with the principles established by the EU, based on the bizone, bicommunity coalition with political equality. I expect Turkey to do the same, “Borell said.

The United States condemned the announcement by Tatar and Erdogan, and the United States said, “The actions of Turkish-backed Turkish Cypriots are provocative and unacceptable, with past commitments to be constructively involved in the settlement negotiations. We consider it incompatible. “

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Residents of the abandoned city, Valosha or Famagusta, have placards written in Greek. “We are Ammocostus,” said Turkey’s invasion of the island in Delinear, Cyprus, on July 19, 2021, during a protest against the Turkish President’s visit to the Turkish occupied territories of the island, “Famagusta Tradition.” North and 47th anniversary against. (PetrosKaradjias / AP Photo)

In a statement, Secretary of State Antony Blinken urged Turkish Cypriots and Turkey to overturn the decision. “The United States will work with like-minded partners to refer the situation on this issue to the UN Security Council and encourage a strong response,” he said.

Some Greek Cypriot lawyers are asking owners to apply to an IPC approved by the European Court of Human Rights to legally confirm their rights to northern property.

However, the Cypriot government could lead to the sale of large amounts of property that Turkish Cypriots would politically exploit and establish ethnic divisions and justify their secession states if applications flooded the IPC. I am concerned that there is.

Valosha is a suburb of Famagusta, the pre-1974 tourist center of Cyprus, thanks to its pristine beaches and modern hotels. The area was quarantined to block access until last year when Turkey and Turkish Cypriot authorities announced a “reopening” after 15,000 Greek Cypriot residents of Valosha fled in the face of Turkish troop advancement. it was done.

Former residents of Valosha have accused the move as a bid to take advantage of their despair for the future of the region and psychologically pressure them to sell their property. Many Turkic Cypriots have also accused the move of undermining the ongoing commitment to reconciliation between the two communities.

Famagusta Mayor Simos Ioano told The Associated Press that Tuesday’s announcement was aimed at testing the Greek Cypriots’ determination to retain property. The fact that only a small portion, but not the entire residential Barosha, has been reopened is intended to slow the international response to the move, Ioanou said.