UN Position on varosha is unchanged and UN is monitoring closely

Unficyp will raise the decision taken by Turkish Cypriot authorities to open another stretch of beach in Varosha with the Security Council, spokesperson for the peacekeeping force Aleem Siddique said on Friday.

Speaking to the Cyprus News Agency, Unficyp spokesman said “the UN’s position on Varosha is unchanged and we are monitoring the situation closely”.

According to reports, the stretch being cleared on the Golden Sands beach in Varosha for commercial use is around 600 metres long.

“Our stance on the matter is guided by the relevant Security Council resolutions,” Siddique said, adding that access to some parts of the area remains limited to the general public.

Nicosia on Thursday strongly condemned the clearing of the new stretch of beachfront, vowing to alert the international community to this latest Turkish provocation.

“I have been briefed officially from those monitoring developments there…we shall not leave this new provocation to go unnoticed, and we shall make all the necessary demarches,” President Nicos Anastasiades said.

In July 2021 Turkish Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar announced the partial lifting of the military status in Varosha. On October 8, 2020, the Turkish side opened part of the fenced area following an announcement made in Ankara on October 6.

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