Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias was noted for his smiling and friendly posturing, as reported by Greek City Times, during his 20 minute meeting with his Turkish counterpart Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu at a time when the occupied Cypriot town of Varosha was opened to hundreds of Turks in violation of two United Nations Security Council resolutions.
Prior to the Turkish invasion of northern Cyprus in 1974, Varosha was a thriving holiday resort.
However, unlike the rest of northern Cyprus, Varosha is not just “merely” in the occupation zone. It has even been fenced off by the Turks and had a special status even under United Nations Security Council resolutions.
The Turks had not colonized it unlike other occupied areas of Cyprus.
Even if we look at the body language as Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias compared to his Turkish counterpart Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu in their 20 minute meeting today in Bratislava – the former was all smiles and appearing all pleased to see his Turkish counterpart. Almost deferential. Look at Çavuşoğlu’s posture in contrast – all seriousness.
All of these formalities occurred just as an area closed since 1974 was opened up to hundreds of flag waving Turks. An area that has been Greek inhabited and never Turkish.
Saddening images are now emerging as Turkey ‘opened’ #Varosha this morning. The visitor marching a Turkey flag through Cypriot land says it all…
Meanwhile, Varosha’s lawful residents are still refugees – unable to return home. pic.twitter.com/h6METGHZM4
— Christos Tuton (@ChristosTuton) October 8, 2020
United Nations Security Council resolutions 550 (1984) “Considers 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 United Nations.”
Kuzey Kıbrıs Türk Cumhuriyeti’ne ait olan, 46 yıldır yerleşime ve ziyarete kapalı tutulan Kapalı Maraş’ın bir bölümü bugün halkın ziyaretine açıldı. Sembolik anlamı büyük olan ve 46 yıllık hasreti bitiren bu adım, KKTC’ye ve orada yaşayan kardeşlerimize hayırlı olsun. pic.twitter.com/9HMe7x6V3d
— T.C. Millî Savunma Bakanlığı (@tcsavunma) October 8, 2020
United Nations Security Council resolution 789 (1992) states “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.”