Famagusta mayor Alexis Galanos said the Turkish side was bluffing in relation to opening the fenced-off area of Varosha.
In an interview with the Cyprus news agency, Galanos also said that he saw Turkish financial interests behind the move.
“We insist that the only viable and functioning development with regard to Famagusta … is the return [of the fenced-off city] on the basis of Security Council resolutions 550 and 789, under UN and of course Greek Cypriot administration” Galanos told CNA.
The mayor embarked on a series of contacts with government and UN officials on the matter and met on Wednesday morning with the negotiator of the Greek Cypriot side, Andreas Mavroyiannis.
On Thursday, he is expected to meet with Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides and government spokesman Nikos Christodoulides, while on Monday we will see Elizabeth Spehar, the UN secretary-general’s special representative in Cyprus. He is also expected to address the media on Friday.
The issue is also included in the agenda of tomorrow’s municipal council meeting, he added.
According to Galanos, plans aim to promote Turkish financial interests and designs to colonise the part of the city that was sealed off following the 1974 Turkish invasion.
The Turkish side is playing games with the feelings of Greek Cypriot refugees, but logic dictates that this is all “a bluff, a game, a tactical manoeuvre” said Galanos, who believes that the vast majority of refugees will not return under these conditions.
Reports in the Turkish and Turkish Cypriot press appeared recently, referring to various scenarios over the future of Varosha.
These range from the opening of Varosha under Turkish Cypriot administration to its return to the UN.