Selava Omar – Xeber24.net – “Agencies”
Cyprus condemned, on Saturday, the upcoming visit of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to a disputed coastal resort on the island, on the anniversary of the founding of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, which only Ankara recognizes.
And the Cypriot President, “Nikos Anastasiades”, said that Erdogan’s visit, scheduled for Sunday, to Northern Cyprus and the city of Varosha, represents an “unprecedented provocation.”
It “undermines the efforts of the UN Secretary-General to call for an informal five-year dialogue” between Greek and Turkish Cypriots, Athens, Ankara, and London, the former colonial power on the island, he added.
“Anastasiades” said in his statement that such moves “do not contribute to creating an appropriate and positive atmosphere for the resumption of talks to reach a solution” to the Cyprus issue.
The visit, which comes a few weeks after Erdogan supported his nationalist ally, “Ersin Tatar”, to win the presidential elections in Northern Cyprus, is painful for the Greek Cypriots, who represent the majority of the island’s population and who have never given up on their demand to allow the return of the displaced from Varosha to their homes.
Before Erdogan’s visit, hundreds of Turkish Cypriots called for slogans such as “No to Turkish interference” and “Freedom for all”, during a protest against Erdogan’s visit, Tuesday, north of the capital, “Nicosia”.