Consulates are opened on the basis of international law, wrote Government Spokesman Prodromos Prodromou, reacting on twitter to the announcement made by the Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, about the opening of a “consulate” in Turkish-occupied Famagusta.

Çavuşoğlu made the announcement on Sunday, during his illegal visit in the Turkish-occupied part of Cyprus.

Citing Çavuşoğlu’s tweet, Prodromou wrote: “A consulate is being established by countries who consult each other and on the basis of international law. What is a ‘consulate’ in an occupied and forcibly looted area, without the slightest recognition from any other country? A lair of illegality and a manifestation of barbarism, perhaps?”

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory. Repeated rounds of UN-led peace talks have so far failed to yield results. The latest round of negotiations, in the summer of 2017 at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana, ended inconclusively.

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