New Delhi: India has supported Cyprus and expressed its deep concern on a Turkey-backed transfer to open the ghost city of Varosha.
Varosha was as soon as a well-liked resort city however was deserted after the 1974 invasion of the Mediterranean island by Turkey. The invasion led to the division of the nation into two– Republic of Cyprus and the northern–Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) acknowledged solely by Ankara
Ministry of exterior affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi in response to a query at weekly digital presser stated, “This is a matter that the UNSC is seized off. We’re deeply involved on the latest unilateral bulletins with regard to the standing of Varosha”
Including, “We’ve got at all times advocated peaceable decision of this problem in accordance with the UN decision. Sadly, the voice of the UNSC as mirrored in its presidential assertion of ninth Oct 2020 has not been adhered to. We’ve got persistently supported the independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity, and unity of the Republic of Cyprus.”
That is the 2nd remark by India on the problem within the final 24 hours. On Wednesday, India’s envoy to the United Nations TS Tirumurti expressed deep concern on the problem when the matter got here to the United Nations Safety Council.
Tirumurti on the UNSC assembly on the problem expressed ‘deep concern’ on the ‘unilateral steps on Varosha opposite to UNSC resolutions’ and stated that “Cypriot-led, Cypriot-owned course of on ‘bi-zonal bi-communal federation’ needs to be the premise.”
In #UNSC right now on Cyprus & @UN_CYPRUS, I stated:Deeply involved on unilateral steps on Varosha opposite to #UNSC resolutions Council’s Presidential Assertion of Oct 2020 not adhered to Cypriot-led, Cypriot-owned course of on ‘bi-zonal bi-communal federation’ needs to be foundation
— PR/Amb T S Tirumurti (@ambtstirumurti) July 21, 2021
Cyprus had taken the matter to the UNSC over the reopening of the city by management within the north. The transfer to reopen Varosha was introduced by Turkish Cypriot chief Ersin Tatar and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and was strongly criticized by the Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades.’
India has joined the US, UK and EU who’ve additionally expressed issues over the event. Cyprus’s overseas minister Nikos Christodoulides had spoken on the problem with the EU’s Excessive Consultant for Overseas Affairs Josep Borrell and US Secretary of state Antony Blinken and briefed in regards to the developments.
Turkey-backed violation of UNSC resolutions on Cyprus comes whilst Ankara previously has been advising India on UNSC resolutions on Kashmir.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had commented within the backdrop of India eradicating particular standing for the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir in 2019. This has been the primary explanation for the deterioration of ties between the two international locations within the final 2 years.