Mitsotakis and Anastasiades discuss Turkish resettlement plans for Varosha

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The leaders of Greece and Cyprus have discussed stepping up their coordinated diplomatic activity in the wake of Turkey’s announcements regarding Famagusta in the Turkish-occupied part of Cyprus, government sources in Athens have said.

In a phone call on Tuesday, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and President of the Cyprus Republic Nicos Anastasiades discussed the announcement by Turkish Cypriot officials, during a visit by Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, for the potential resettlement of a small part of the now abandoned Greek Cypriot suburb of Varosha on the island’s east coast, in clear violation of UN Security Council resolutions and European Council conclusions.

Earlier, the Foreign Ministry in Athens condemned the announcement regarding Varosha, a suburb of Famagusta.

The ministry said the decision changes the status of the closed-off uninhabited area, in violation of related UN Security Council resolutions.