Varosha, Cyprus. Photo source: Wikimedia Commons / Yolanda Demetriou
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s latest antics including an announcement this week to re-open and re-settle the formerly invaded, abandoned and currently military-controlled Varosha on the anniversary of 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus has triggered the reaction of the EU, the UK and the US.
Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades said Turkey was once again violating EU Council resolutions, adding that these actions were a veiled attempt to acquire more Cypriot territory bringing any effort for peace to a grinding halt.
Earlier this month, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said the EU would “never, ever” accept a two state deal on Cyprus, reiterating that if Turkey ever wanted to join the Union it would have to abide by its rules.