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Varosha/Maras issue remains static

26 February 2015

A meeting of the Greek Cypriot House Committee on Refugees has concluded that there are no developments on the issue of the fenced-off town of Varosha/Maras.

Also present at the meeting was Greek Cypriot negotiator Andreas Mavroyiannis. He said that the subject of Varosha is part of the confidence building measures and that he was unable to discuss or negotiate on this matter.

“This is for the two leaders, the President of the Republic and the Turkish Cypriot leader [as she described President Dervis Eroglu] to discuss, and as we all know there are unfortunately no developments except some efforts from some diplomats and perhaps some others who, by implying certain things, create concerns that we hope that will get clarified,” the Committee’s Chairwoman Skevi Koukouma said.

Last week President Anastasiades said the UN-led negotiations on the Cyprus problem, which he abandoned in October last year, cannot resume unless certain preconditions are met which will allow the dialogue to be conducted with free will and without any threats or blackmail.

He repeated that Turkey must cancel its NAVTEX (notice to mariners) and remove its seismic survey vessel from Cyprus’ waters.

Anastasiades added that a political settlement on the island would contribute to peace in the region and that Ankara had an important role to play in this.

The Greek Cypriot president suspended peace talks with the Turkish Cypriots in October in protest at what he described as attempts by Turkey to undermine gas exploration off the island.

Source Famagusta Gazette

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