British MPs will on Monday take part in a debate on the return of the sealed-off town of Varosha, in Famagusta, to its lawful inhabitants, according to a UK parliament announcement.
The debate, to take place in the House of Commons Chamber, was scheduled by the Backbench Business Committee.
According to the text of the motion that will be discussed, return of Varosha to its lawful inhabitants would facilitate efforts towards a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem.
It calls on Turkey to act according to UN Security Council Resolutions and return the area to the inhabitants “who must resettle under conditions of security and peace.”
It also urges the British government, as a guarantor power of Cyprus, to promote Turkey’s cooperation and directs the Speaker to forward the Resolution to President Nicos Anastasiades, Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, the UN Secretary General and the government of Turkey.
Varosha is under the control of the Turkish military.
It has been a ‘ghost city’ since its Greek Cypriot inhabitants fled in August 1974 as Turkish troops advanced.