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Francia considera que o movemento turco-chipriota na cidade fantasma é unha "provocación"

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O ministro francés de Asuntos Exteriores, Jean-Yves Le Drian, fala durante unha conferencia de prensa co secretario de Estado dos Estados Unidos, Antony Blinken, no Ministerio francés de Asuntos Exteriores en París, Francia, o 25 de xuño de 2021. Andrew Harnik / Pool vía REUTERS

France on Wednesday (21 July) criticized as a “provocation” a move by Turkish Cypriot authorities to partially reopen an abandoned town in Cyprus for potential resettlement, in the latest critique from the West that Ankara has dismissed, escribir Sudip Kar-Gupta en París e Jonathan Spicer en Estambul, Reuters.

Turkish Cypriots said on Tuesday (20 July) that part of Varosha would come under civilian control and people would be able to reclaim properties – angering Greek Cypriots who accused their Turkish rivals of orchestrating a land-grab by stealth. Le máis.

Varosha, unha misteriosa colección de hoteis e residencias de gran altura abandonados nunha zona militar a quen non se lle permitiu entrar, quedou deserta desde que a guerra de 1974 dividiu a illa.

O ministro francés de Asuntos Exteriores, Jean-Yves Le Drian (retratado) discussed the matter with his Cypriot counterpart on Tuesday and will raise the topic at the United Nations, a spokesperson for Le Drian’s ministry said.

Chipre está representado na Unión Europea por un goberno grego-chipriota recoñecido internacionalmente. Francia preside este mes o Consello de Seguridade das Nacións Unidas.

“France strongly regrets this unilateral move, upon which there had been no consultations, which constitutes a provocation and harms re-establishing the confidence needed to get back to urgent talks over reaching a fair and long-lasting solution to the Cypriot question,” Le Drian’s spokesperson said.

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The EU, the United States, Britain and Greece also objected to the plan unveiled when Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan visited Nicosia on Tuesday. He called it a “new era” for Varosha, on the island’s eastern coast.

Turkey’s foreign ministry said the EU’s critique was “null and void” since it is disconnected from realities on the ground and favours Greece, an EU member. “It is not possible for the EU to play any positive role in reaching a settlement to the Cyprus issue,” it said.

Os esforzos de paz batéronse repetidamente na illa dividida étnicamente. Un novo liderado turcochipriota, apoiado por Turquía, di que un acordo de paz entre dous estados soberanos é a única opción viable.

Os chipriotas gregos rexeitan un acordo de dous estados para a illa que outorgaría o status de soberano ao estado turco-chipriota que só Ankara recoñece.

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