Nicosia, Cyprus – Today’s visit by President Erdogan and MHP leader Devlet Bahceli to Marash (Varosha), Cyprus, stirred Athens, and the official foreign ministry statement suggested a ‘provocation’ had been made.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and MHP Chairman Devlet Bahceli are visiting Marash (Varosha), which opened in Cyprus today after 46 years.
The visit caused an earthquake in Greece. In a written statement, the Greek Foreign Ministry said the visit was an ‘unprecedented provocation’ and suggested it was completely contrary to UN Security Council resolutions 550 and 789.
At the end of the statement, it was argued that Greece favours the resumption of negotiations to resolve the Cyprus problem fairly, permanently under the supervision of the UN Secretary-General, within the framework of UN Security Council resolutions and the EU acquis.
The most popular tourist resort on the island of Cyprus, Marash (Varosha), came under the control of the Turkish Armed Forces under UN supervision during Turkey’s Cyprus operation in 1974. The Greeks in Marash (Varosha), had left the region.
During the 46-year negotiations in Cyprus, Marash’s status has often been tabled, but so far no results have been obtained.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan invited Northern Cyprus President Ersin Tatar to the island on Sunday.
“Within the framework of the visit, President Erdogan is the 37th president of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus,” the Communications Directorate said in a statement on the visit. he will attend ceremonies to mark the anniversary of the foundation,” it said.
The statement said that the talks between Erdogan and Tatar will discuss steps that can be taken to further strengthen close cooperation between Turkey and Northern Cyprus, and exchange views on recent developments in the region.
The statement said that as part of President Erdogan’s visit, the official opening of the Nicosia Emergency Hospital was also planned.
At a press conference with Ersin Tatar after his visit to Turkey on October 26, President Erdogan turned to Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and said, “I think Mr. Cavusoglu, I say that we can have a picnic in the closed Marash (Varosha). Anything in the way?”he asked me.
In response to Erdogan’s request for a picnic, the president of Northern Cyprus, Tatar, responded: “Marash (Varosha) has been opened, God willing.” Erdogan, on the other hand, said that:
“On that day, it is useful to have a picnic there together. We’re watching from here on the screens, we want to live in person. Now that the doors have opened, let’s open the roads there at this point. Let our Cypriot brothers and sisters have seen and experienced the steps that will be taken after this.”
Erdogan, speaking at the AKP Kahramanmaras Provincial Congress on November 7, said:” on the 15th of the month, Mr. Bahceli and I hope that we will attend ceremonies in the TRNC and have a picnic in the Marash (Varosha) region collectively.”