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World Turkey Pressed by EU to Halt Reopening of Cypriot Ghost Town

12:25  07 october  2020
12:25  07 october  2020 Source:   bloomberg.com

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Turkey Ghost Town Plan Would Wreck Reunification Talks, Cyprus Warns. Cyprus warned the EU in a policy paper that it would consider a reopening of Varosha a violation of Turkey ’s obligations to the EU and would demand sanctions from the bloc to defend its interests.

Turkish Cypriot Prime Minister Ersin Tatar said on Tuesday that beaches in Varosha in the northern part of Cyprus will open this week for the first time since the conflict of However, the government in Nicosia has warned that plans to resettle the ghost town could permanently derail reunification talks.

(Bloomberg) -- The European Union urged Turkey to halt the reopening of a ghost town in the Turkish-controlled part of Cyprus, saying the move would worsen ties already strained by Ankara’s energy exploration in the eastern Mediterranean.

EU foreign-policy chief Josep Borrell said the Turkish plan for Varosha, near the port of Famagusta, would mark a “serious violation” of a United Nations cease-fire agreement for Cyprus. Varosha, abandoned and sealed off after Turkey’s takeover of the northern part of Cyprus in 1974, is due to be reopened to the public on Thursday.

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The Turkish army has kept the ' ghost town ' of Varosha fenced off since 1974, but EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said the bloc was "very concerned" about the announcement concerning Turkey , the only country that recognises the self-proclaimed Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC)

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Turkey Ghost Town Plan Risks Derailing Cyprus Reunification

“It’s going to increase tension and to make it more difficult to reach an agreement on an especially difficult situation for all of us on the eastern Mediterranean,” Borrell told the European Parliament on Wednesday in Brussels.

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Derelict hotels and apartments abandoned and sealed off after Turkey’s takeover of the northern part of Cyprus in 1974, in Varosha, Cyprus.

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The EU has said Turkey 's hopes of joining the bloc are receding due to its eroding democracy. Meanwhile, Ankara stoked tensions further still by declaring the reopening of a beach in a contested part of northern Cyprus . Disputed ' ghost town ' in northern Cyprus opens .

Turkish Cypriot Prime Minister Ersin Tatar said the revival of Varosha, now an eerie collection of derelict hotels, churches and residences, would bring trade and (Northern Cyprus ) will become stronger by opening Varosha to tourism.” Tatar gave no specific time line for reopening Varosha.

In February, the EU imposed asset freezes and travel bans on two employees of Turkish Petroleum Corp. in response to Turkey’s natural-gas hunt off Cyprus. With Cyprus pushing to include Turkish entities and add individuals to that blacklist, EU leaders threatened last week to weigh tougher penalties against Turkey by year-end should Ankara fail to take de-escalatory steps.

Cyprus has been divided between Greek-speaking and Turkish-speaking regions since Turkey occupied the northern part in the wake of a 1974 coup by Greek-Cypriot supporters of union with Greece.

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Cyprus joined the EU in 2004 after Greek-speaking voters rejected a unification plan in a referendum, causing the European bloc to import a border dispute that involves UN peacekeepers. Turkey still has troops in northern Cyprus, whose rulers aren’t recognized internationally.

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