The UN Secretary General, António Guterres, on Wednesday asked the parties to avoid “useless actions” after Turkey’s announcement of its plans to reopen Varosha, a district of the town of Famagusta that has been closed since the 1974 war and that involves a new political sticking point between different countries.
In a statement, Guterres has shown his “concern” about this announcement and has reiterated to the parties “to refrain from carrying out unilateral actions that cause tensions.”
“The position of the United Nations on Varosha remains the same and is governed by the relevant resolutions of the Security Council,” he said.
He has also called for the establishment of a “dialogue that seeks peace and prosperity for the island through a global solution” between all parties.
This Wednesday, the Government of Cyprus has asked the UN Security Council to convene a Extraordinary meeting to address the situation on the island after the Turkish announcement.
Cyprus has been divided in two since the 1974 Turkish army occupied the northern part after a coup, instigated by the ruling military junta in Greece and in fear that the island would join the latter country.