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Commonwealth Foreign Ministers state support for Varosha resolutions and bizonal, bicommunal federation in Cyprus

The Foreign Ministers of the Commonwealth member states, having been briefed by their Cypriot counterpart Nikos Christodoulides, have issued a statement in which they reaffirm the status of Varosha as set out in relevant UN Security Council Resolutions, including Resolutions 550 (1984), 789 (1992) and 2587 (2021). 

They express “deep regret” regarding unilateral actions that run contrary to previous UNSC resolutions and statements on Varosha and reiterate the call made by the UN Security Council for the immediate reversal of this course of action.

In this regard, they support and reiterate the call made by the UN Security Council in its Presidential Statements of 23 July 2021 and 9 October 2020 following announcements on Varosha by Turkish and Turkish Cypriot leaders. ‘We underscore the importance of full respect and implementation of UN Security Council Resolutions,” the statement adds.

The Ministers also state that they support the commitment reaffirmed by the UN Security Council to an enduring, comprehensive and just settlement in accordance with the wishes of the Cypriot people and based on a bicommunal, bizonal federation with political equality, as set out in relevant Security Council resolutions. 

They recall communiques of the Commonwealth Heads of Governments Meetings and reaffirm their full and enduring support for the sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity and unity of the Republic of Cyprus. 

Finally, they reiterate their support for the resumption of negotiations, under the auspices of the UN Secretary General’s Good Offices Mission, for a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem based on the UN Charter and the UN Security Council’s Resolutions on Cyprus.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied the island`s northern third. Numerous rounds of talks under the UN aegis to reunite the island under a federal roof failed to yield results.

UN Security Council resolution 550 (1984) considers any attempts to settle any part of Varosha by people other than its inhabitants as inadmissible and calls for the transfer of this area to the administration of the UN. Resolution 789 (1992) also urges that with a view to the implementation of resolution 550 (1984), the area at present under the control of the United Nations Peace-keeping Force in Cyprus be extended to include Varosha.
Turkish Cypriot leader, Ersin Tatar, announced in July 2021 a partial lifting of the military status in Varosha.
On October 8, 2020, the Turkish side opened part of the fenced area of Varosha, following an announcement made in Ankara on October 6. Both the UN Secretary-General and the EU expressed concern, while the UN Security Council called for the reversal of this course of action

CMP carrying out excavations in seven areas across Cyprus for missing persons

CMP crews are carrying out excavations for remains of missing persons in six areas across the island but so far no remains were located.

According to information from the Greek Cypriot representative`s office, crews are now working in one area …

Cyprus reports one death, new Covid infections rise to 175, 57 patients in hospitals

Cypriot health authorities announced one death due to Covid and 175 new infections on Friday, bringing the total tally of fatalities and infections since the outbreak of the pandemic to 567 and 123,171 respectively.
In a press release the Ministry …

Three men convicted following fatal stabbing in Haringey

Three men have been convicted of the killing of a 23-year-old man who was fatally stabbed in Haringey in May last year.

Tyrese Annan, 20 (23.02.01), of Sterling Road, Tottenham and Mizuki Brown, 25 (23.04.96), of Margery Street, WC1, were …

Man jailed for random attacks in Islington

A man has been sentenced to 25 years’ imprisonment after carrying out three random attacks and stabbings.

Evans Innocent, 45 (19.02.76), of no fixed abode, was jailed at the Old Bailey on Thursday, 21 October after being found guilty at …

How to reduce the Inheritance Tax you pay on your property

Inheritance tax can be a sensitive and hot topic as many believe that the money you inherit has most likely already been taxed once, and should therefore be free of tax once it is passed on. However, inheritance tax is …

AKEL delegation visits KEO and KEAN industries in Limassol

A delegation of AKEL, headed by its Parliamentary Representative Giorgos Loukaides, today visited the KEO and KEAN industries in Limassol. The AKEL delegation included the Limassol District Party Secretary, Giorgos T. Georgiou, AKEL MP Andros Kafkalias, the Organising Secretary of …

Talks between Greek and Turkish Cypriots focusing on Cyprus problem

Meetings of former General Secretary of AKEL A.Kyprianou with focusing on the Cyprus problem

22 October 2021, AKEL C.C. Press Office, Nicosia

The former General Secretary of the Central Committee of AKEL and AKEL MP Andros Kyprianou held separate meetings …

Why you should consider a building survey

What is a building survey?
A building survey is an in depth inspection of a property and will provide a detailed evaluation of a property’s condition. A building survey is typically carried out when moving house to make the buying …

London’s New Year’s Eve fireworks cancelled again

London’s famous New Year’s Eve fireworks have been cancelled for the second year in a row because of continued uncertainty caused by Covid.
A spokesperson for London’s Mayor said a number of “exciting new options” were being considered, but the …