The United Nations Security Council on Friday called on Turkey to stop unilateral actions in the Eastern Mediterranean and revoke the decision to open the Varosha coastal town in the occupied part of Cyprus.
In a statement issued by all members and read by Council President Vassily Nebenzia, the House reaffirmed Resolutions 550 (1984) and 789 (1992) on the status of Varosha and expressed concern over Ankara’s increase of tensions on the island.
Since 1984 Turkey has been asked by the UN to send away the town’s occupying forces so that the 39,000 or so residents who were expelled after the 1974 Turkish invasion can return home. The Security Council emphasized the importance of full respect for and implementation of its resolutions.
“The Cypriot government welcomes the presidential statement approved by the Security Council, as a result of our appeal regarding the opening by the occupying forces of the fenced area of Varoshfa in Cyprus,” said Cypriot ambassador to the United Nations, Andreas Mavrogiannis.
Turkey sends research vessel Barbaros to Cyprus’ EEZ
Turkey continues its provocative acts in the Eastern Mediterranean by issuing a NAVTEX on Friday for the sea area west of Paphos and within blocks 6 and 7 of Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ).
Barbaros will be accompanied by Turkish warships “Tanux 1” and “Apollo Moon”.
Specifically, the Turkish NAVTEX with effect from Saturday October 10 until November 9 concerns investigations of Barbaros, west of Paphos and within sections 6 and 7 of Cyprus’ EEZ.
According to the Cyprus News Agency, the Republic of Cyprus is expected to issue an Anti-Navtex.
The Turkish NAVTEX reads as follows:
TURNHOS N/W : 1257/20
1.SEISMIC SURVEY, BY R/V BARBAROS HAYREDDİN PAŞA, M/V TANUX-1 AND R/V APOLLO MOON FROM 100900Z OCT 20 TO 092059Z NOV 20 IN AREA BOUNDED BY;
33 55.20 N – 031 29.40 E
33 51.47 N – 031 46.38 E
33 47.27 N – 032 16.10 E
33 55.78 N – 032 16.12 E
33 59.57 N – 031 46.55 E
34 03.33 N – 031 29.30 E
5 NM BERTH REQUESTED.
2. CANCEL THIS MESSAGE 092059Z NOV 20