TURKISH Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu was reportedly unwilling to discuss President Nicos Anastasiades’ proposal yesterday for the return of Varosha.
UN Special Adviser Alexander Downer was in Ankara yesterday and was to have relayed the President’s proposal to Davutoglu, But according to sources it was not on the agenda.
Davutoglu reportedly said Varosha could only be discussed as part of the broader negotiation of the Cyprus problem. Downer informed him that negotiations on the Cyprus problem were due to begin in October and he expected them to be concluded within a few months.
Downer was in Cyprus this week to meet with the respective negotiators for the two sides, Andreas Mavroyiannis and Osman Ertug, and their bosses, Anastasiades and Dervis Eroglu.
Following his meetings with Anastasiades, Downer said talks would start once the necessary preparation was “properly done”.
He expressed the view that a solution would give the economy on both sides of the island “a huge boost”.
Downer had confirmed before his departure yesterday for Ankara that he would inform Davutoglu on Anastasiades’ proposal for the return of the fenced off part of Famagusta- Varosha- to its lawful inhabitants.