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Turkish President Erdogan and Turkish Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar on Tuesday announced plans to reopen Varosha, part of the fenced off city of Famagusta in the occupied north of Cyprus. The move is in violation of UN Security Council resolutions, which call for Varosha to be handed over to UN administration, and to allow the original inhabitants to return to their homes. Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades described the move as “illegal and unacceptable,” while US Secretary of State Antony Blinken condemned the Turkish move as “provocative” and “unacceptable.” The issue of Cyprus and Varosha was also raised on Tuesday during a hearing in the Senate for Biden appointees to key State Department posts.
Vassilis Nedos, Kathimerini’s diplomatic and defense editor, joins The Greek Current to analyze Turkey’s latest provocative moves with regard to Cyprus and Varosha.
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