Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu repeated on Thursday his threat that Turkey intends to annex and open to the public the ghost town of Varosha in the occupied part of Famagusta province on Cyprus.
Speaking to the television network CNN Turk, Cavusoglu declared that his government and the illegal administration of the occupied part of Cyprus are currently reviewing plans to open the town.
”Yes, we will open Famagusta; no one can tell us what to do or block us in the Eastern Mediterranean,” the Turkish official stated, in his usual bombastic manner.
”We will uphold our rights as well as those of the Turkish Cypriots,” the minister concluded, showing once again how Turkey uses the Turkish Cypriots as a vehicle to expand their own influence in Cyprus.
It was only a few days ago when Cavusoglu provocatively showed disdain for the UN resolutions of 1984 and 1992 by becoming the first high-ranking Turkish official to enter the ghost town. The UN provisions call on Turkey to hand the ghost town over to the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus.
As expected, Turkey’s newest erratic outburst has sparked widely negative reactions in Cyprus and Greece.
Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades said recently that Cyprus is considering the possibility of bringing the case of Turkish provocations in the fenced-off area of Famagusta before the UN Security Council.
The Republic of Cyprus is also ready to take legal action against Turkey, based on international law.
At the same time, the Municipality of Famagusta and the Coordinating Committee of Famagusta Organizations met on Wednesday in Cyprus to discuss ways to react to Turkish machinations regarding their hometown, which has remained uninhabited since the illegal 1974 invasion of the island.