Turkey raising obstacles to dialogue
The announcement in Ankara on Tuesday that part of the fenced-off ghost town of Varosha in Turkish-occupied Cyprus will be opened for development by Turkish Cypriots was seen in Greece as seriously undermining the recent efforts between the two countries for dialogue.
The decision was announced after a meeting between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Ersin Tatar, the "premier" of the breakaway state in the north, which is only recognized by Ankara.
More specifically, they announced the reopening of the beach section of the town, a former resort abandoned in no-man's land after the Turkish invasion of 1974 forced its Greek-Cypriot residents to flee to the island's south as refugees.
The move was condemned by the Greek Foreign Ministry "in the most categorical way," stressing that it is a clear violation of United Nations Security Council resolutions....