There’s no way! As the Cyprus dispute heats up, the US smacks Turkey over the so-called “two-state solution.”
The US’s categorical rejection to entertain a “two-state solution” for the split island has heightened tensions between NATO allies the US and Turkey over Cyprus.
The statement, made by a senior US diplomat, came just hours after the official Cyprus government issued an appeal over Turkish Cypriot authorities’ plans to partially reopen Varosha, an abandoned resort, as Turkey reiterated its call for a two-state solution on the island, despite international criticism. Following a statement by US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, who said: “This move is clearly inconsistent with UN Security Council Resolutions 550 and 789, which explicitly call for Varosha to be administered by the United Nations,” the unnamed diplomat reaffirmed US opposition to such an approach.
“Since October 2020, when Turkish Cypriots announced the opening of the Varosha beachfront with Turkey’s support and began taking steps to implement this decision, Turkish Cypriots and Turkey have ignored calls from the international community and the United Nations Security Council to reverse their unilateral actions on Varosha.“
“The United States regards Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha, with Turkey’s assistance, as provocative, unacceptable, and incompatible with their previous commitments to engage meaningfully in solution talks,” Mr Blinken stated.
“We demand that the Turkish Cypriots and Turkey reverse their decision announced today, as well as all actions taken since October 2020.
Turkish Cypriots, backed by Ankara, said yesterday that a portion of Varosha, which is currently a military zone, would be returned to civilian authority and be available for resettlement.
It sparked outrage from Cyprus’ internationally recognized Greek Cypriot government, as well as a chorus of condemnation from Western nations, led by the US, which branded the measure “unacceptable.”
In August 1974, an estimated 17,000 Greek Cypriot residents of Varosha fled the approach of Turkish soldiers, a month after Turkey conquered 36 percent of the island, which is still divided today.
Since then, Varosha has been barred from entering with barbed wire and no-entry signs.
The territory was supposed to be passed up to the UN administration, according to UN resolutions.
The area’s repurposing to Turkish Cypriot civilian administration effectively defies popular belief that Varosha would be one of the territories returned to Greek Cypriot control. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”