The Cypriot authorities intend to strip the passports of members of the government of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. The reason, said the spokesman of the Cypriot government, Marios Pelekanos, is hostile action against the state and an attempt to change the status of the city of Varosia.
The Cypriot authorities have decided to deprive the passports of people who sit in the cabinet of the “pseudo state” of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRCR) or are associated with attempts to change the situation in Varosi, spokesman Marios Pelekanos said on Monday. He added that there were 14 people involved, including 10 ministers of the TRCP government, but he did not mention their names.
– Their hostile actions against the Republic of Cyprus are conducive to the implementation of Turkey’s plans to change the status of Varosi in a manner inconsistent with UN resolutions. These actions undermine the sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity and security of our country, emphasized Pelekanos.
At the end of July, TRCP president Ersin Tatar announced the partial opening of Varosi and the possible resettlement of the city. Turkey supported these announcements. The former resort near Famagusta, after the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974, became a ghost town when Greek Cypriots left it. A UN Security Council resolution of 1984 declared Varosi’s attempts to settle in Varosi unacceptable and called for the area to be transferred to UN control.
Cyprus, divided into two parts
Since the invasion of 1974 following the Greek-Cypriot nationalist coup, Cyprus has been divided into two parts. Mainly inhabited by Greek Cypriots, the southern part of the island is under the control of the internationally recognized government of the Republic of Cyprus (RC). The north is administered by TRCP recognized only by Ankara and inhabited by Turkish Cypriots.
Turkish Cypriots may possess identity cards and passports of the Republic of Cyprus, which enable them to travel to the European Union of which the Republic of Cyprus is a member. According to the AFP agency, such documents are in the possession of more than 100,000 inhabitants of the TRCP, i.e. nearly one third of the population of this territory. Among them are many Cypriot politicians, including the ardent supporter of full TRCP independence Ersin Tatar, who obtained a Cypriot passport in 2000 but – according to his own declarations – has never used it and will gladly give it back.
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