‘Extremely difficult, if not impossible’ to reach solution if Varosha status changes

If the Turkish side changes the status of Varosha, then it will be extremely difficult, if not impossible, to reach a Cyprus settlement, the Ambassador of Greece to Cyprus, Theocharis Lalakos has said.

In an interview with CNA prior to his leaving his post in Cyprus, Lalakos said that the latest Turkish actions in Varosha have gone much too far, and cited the clear reaction by the international community.

Asked if he thought the Turkish side’s attempts to open part of the fenced off city of Famagusta could be prevented or reversed, he said he considers it could be achieved. However, in order to do so, “the international community must maintain its firm position, opposing any change in the status of the fenced off area of Famagusta in the way Turkey seeks to achieve this,” he said.

Lalakos said that the position of the international community “is something that we achieved thro