Turkey responds to criticism on Turkish Cyprus opening Varosha

Turkish Deputy Foreign Minister Sedat Önal had a phone call with U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland on July 21 and discussed bilateral ties and Turkish Cyprus, the Foreign Ministry said.

Önal emphasized Turkey's full support for the latest steps taken by the Turkish Cyprus on the Varosha issue and the vision of a two-state solution put forward based on sovereign equality, conveying Turkey's views on this issue to Nuland, the ministry tweeted.

Meanwhile, Turkish Parliament Speaker Mustafa Şentop reacted against European Union and the United States for their criticism over President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's visit to Turkish Cyprus.

The EU does not have the right to have a say in Turkey's statements regarding Varosha, in the face of this attitude that is against its own rules and attitudes, Şentop said on July 21. "First, they have to account for their violation of the rules they set. In this way, a double-standard, two-faced attitude takes place before the eyes of the whole world," Şentop stated.

"Regarding the Greeks, firstly Greece will take care of it, France will take care of it, the European Union will take care of it, America will, but Turkey, one of the guarantor states, will not take care of the Turks in the north. There is no such country, such a world," he said.

The Turkish Cypriot authorities announced on July 20 a partial reopening of an abandoned town for potential resettlement and change of military status to civilian, drawing a strong rebuke from the rival Greek Cypriots of orchestrating a land grab by stealth.

Addressing the ceremonies on July 20 for the 47th anniversary of the Cyprus Peace Operation, Erdoğan said the opening would be carried out with utmost attention to...

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