Cyprus to Bring Turkish Plans for “Ghost Town” of Varosha to EU’s Highest Level



The ”ghost town”of Varosha in Famagusta, Cyprus. Credit: Katia Christodoulou, CNA

The Republic of Cyprus is ready to place the issue of the illegal Turkish plans to occupy the ”ghost town’ of Varosha, near the line that separates Cyprus, before the EU’s highest level at the upcoming European Council, it was made public recently.

President Anastasiades will brief his European Union counterparts about the astonishing plans recently announced by the illegal Turkish Cypriot administration to ”make Varosha a new Las Vegas.”

Turkey and the illegal regime of the occupied part of Cyprus have declared their intention to occupy the town of Varosha, currently an empty buffer zone between the two parts of the island, and bring it back to life as an entertainment and leisure center, occupied and controlled by Turkish Cypriots.

Following the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974, the once vibrant, glamorous Mediterranean seaside town was completely abandoned, becoming a no-man’s-land, as neither Turkish Cypriots nor Greek Cypriots were allowed to live there.

Time stopped in August of 1974, when the entire city of Varosha was evacuated following the Turkish invasion of the island. Credit: Katia Christodoulou, CNA

Forty-five years after the dark days of the invasion, Turkish Cypriot authorities allowed Turkish journalists enter the town, where time came to a standstill in August of 1974.

Abandoned buildings, roads covered in vegetation, cars and everyday objects still remain there, nearly half a century after the war of ’74.

Earlier this week, Greek Cypriot journalists boarded a boat and traveled all the way along the city’s waterfront, taking many eerie and unsettling pictures and videos, which reopen Cyprus’ wounds all over again.

The photographs revealed that Turkish Cypriots have illegally allowed people to sunbathe and swim at the city’s beaches, creating a bizarre scene for onlookers as people take their leisure in front of the abandoned tower blocks of the 1970s, which loom in the background.