France on Wednesday accused Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of a provocation after he pressed for a two-state answer for Cyprus throughout a go to to the Turkish-occupied north of the Mediterranean island. Erdogan additionally backed controversial plans to partially reopen the “ghost” city of Varosha.
“France deeply regrets this unilateral transfer which was not coordinated and constitutes a provocation,” the overseas ministry stated in a press release.
“It undermines the restoration of the boldness mandatory for the pressing resumption of negotiations for a simply and lasting settlement of the Cyprus query.”
On his go to Tuesday, Erdogan backed a two-state answer in Cyprus between the internationally recognised Greek Cypriot authorities within the south and the Turkish-occupied north, in a marked divergence from worldwide efforts to reunify the island primarily based on a bicommunal federation.
He additionally threw his weight behind plans to partially reopen the coastal resort of Varosha that was emptied of its authentic Greek Cypriot residents.
Turkish Cypriots stated on Tuesday that a part of Varosha would come underneath civilian management and folks would be capable of reclaim properties – angering Greek Cypriots who accused their Turkish rivals of orchestrating a land-grab by stealth.
Varosha, an eerie assortment of derelict high-rise motels and residences in a army zone no person has been allowed to enter, has been abandoned since a 1974 struggle break up the island.
France, which is at the moment chairing the UN Safety Council, will elevate the problem at discussions there on Thursday, the ministry stated.
“France reaffirms its attachment to the framework endorsed by the UN Safety Council, primarily based on a bizonal and bicommunal federation, providing the 2 communities full ensures of their political equality,” it stated.
The island is split between the Greek Cypriot-run Republic of Cyprus and the self-declared Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, recognised solely by Ankara.
Turkish troops seized Cyprus’s northern third in 1974 in response to an aborted coup in Nicosia geared toward attaching the nation to Greece.
(FRANCE 24 with AFP, REUTERS)