Security Council reaffirms position on Varosha
by Apostolis Zoupaniotis
The UN Security Council has reiterated its position on Varosha that any attempts to settle any part of the town by people other than its inhabitants is inadmissible and urged the parties on the island to resume talks on the basis of resolution 1475.
The Council made this statement Thursday night, acting on demarches by Cypriot Charge D’Affaires George Kasoulides following threats by Turkish-Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash that he will open Varosha for settlement by Turkish-Cypriots if the Cypriot government did not agree with his proposal on the opening of the city.
Security Council President, Ambassador Inocencio Arias of Spain, told GreekNews that he “briefed the members of the Council on the concerns expressed by the government of Cyprus about the latest developments, especially on the situation on Varosha.”
“The Council reiterated its well-known position which remains unchanged on Varosha and which is Resolution 550. The Council urges the parties to resume the negotiations aimed at reaching a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus issue on the basis of the Secretary General’s plan as stated in Resolution 1475.”
Kasoulides had urged council members to urgently address the matter and take all necessary measures to secure that no violation of the status quo take place and to promote the implementation of resolution 550.
UN Security Council resolution 1475 was adopted after the breakdown of the final round of UN-sponsored talks in The Hague last March due to Denktash’s refusal to put the Annan plan to separate referenda in Cyprus.
Security Council resolution 550 (May 11, 1984) “considers attempts to settle any part of Varosha (Famagusta) by people other than its inhabitants as inadmissible and calls for the transfer of this area to the administration of the United Nations.”