New York

21 July 2021

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General - on Varosha, Cyprus

Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

The Secretary-General is deeply concerned about the announcements made on 20 July by the Turkish Cypriots and Turkey regarding a further opening of the fenced-off town of Varosha. The Secretary-General has repeatedly called on all parties to refrain from unilateral actions that provoke tensions and may compromise the ongoing efforts to seek common ground between the parties towards a lasting settlement of the Cyprus issue. 
The position of the United Nations on Varosha remains unchanged and is guided by the relevant Security Council resolutions. 
The Secretary-General calls on all sides to refrain from any unhelpful actions and to engage in dialogue to bring peace and prosperity to the island through a comprehensive settlement.