Turkey Mulls Reopening Ghost town of Varosha in Occupied Northern Cyprus

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

Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay visited the occupied part of Cyprus on Saturday, from where he announced that Ankara is looking to re-open the ghost town of Varosha in Famagusta, 46 years after the Turkish invasion of the island.

Oktay noted that this would bring benefits for the economy and the trade.

“Keeping this coast of paradise under the sovereignty of the ”Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus” idle is not acceptable legally, politically or economically,” the Turkish Vice President provocatively said, forgetting that it is illegally occupied by Turkey.

In October 2019, the Security Council of the UN warned against any action that would change the status quo of Varosha, a part of the Cypriot city of Famagusta which has been an uninhabited no-man’s-land since 1974.

It is noted that in resolution 550, issued in 1984, the Security Council considered inadmissible any efforts to populate Varosha with people other than its original inhabitants, and called for a transfer of the area to the administration of the United Nations.