UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Wednesday urged parties to avoid “useless action” after Turkey announced its plans to reopen Varosha, a district in the city of Famagusta that has been closed since the 1974 war, a political friction point between different countries.
In a statement, Guterres expressed “concern” about the announcement and reaffirmed the parties “to refrain from unilateral actions that create tension”.
“The United Nations position on Varosha remains the same and is governed by the relevant Security Council resolutions,” he said.
He also called for the establishment of a “dialogue that seeks peace and prosperity for the island through a global solution” between all parties.
This Wednesday, the government of Cyprus asked the UN Security Council to convene an extraordinary meeting to deal with the situation on the island following the Turkish announcement.
Cyprus has been divided in two since the Turkish army occupied the northern part in 1974 after a coup instigated by the ruling military junta in Greece and fears that the island will become the latter country.