US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo today called Varosha opening “provocative” and called for the decision to be reversed.
During a phone call with his Cypriot counterpart Nikos Christodoulidis, the head of US diplomacy expressed particular concern about this move of the pseudo-state, noting that it is incompatible with the efforts to hold settlement talks, said today the spokesperson of the US State Department, Morgan Ortega, in a statement.
“US Secretary Pompeo and Foreign Minister Christodoulides discussed actions taken by the ‘Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus’ to reopen part of the fenced-off area of Varosha,” said Morgan Ortega.
“The Secretary expressed deep concern and noted such a move was provocative and inconsistent with UN Security Council Resolutions 550 and 789 and not conducive to a return to settlement talks,” said the State Department spokesperson.
.@SecPompeo spoke with Cypriot Foreign Minister @Christodulides on the provocative reopening of parts of Varosha. This is inconsistent with UNSC resolutions. We support a comprehensive settlement to reunify Cyprus as a bizonal, bicommunal federation. https://t.co/T8bipb2UMd
— Morgan Ortagus (@statedeptspox) October 16, 2020