The bicommunal group #UniteCyprusNow on Monday slammed the opening of Dherynia beach close to the fenced-off town of Varosha in Famagusta only to Turkish Cypriots and Turkish nationals.
“The recent opening of a beach in Dherynia to just Turkish Cypriots and Turkish citizens is ethnic separation and a violation of human rights and freedoms,” the group said in an announcement.
Turkish Cypriot newspaper Yeni Duzen reported on Monday the beach had been opened to the public but would still be under the control of Turkish security forces who had signed a “protocol” with the ‘Famagusta municipality’.
The “’protocol’ envisages that between May 15 and October 29 the beach would be open to the public.
However, only ‘TRNC citizens’ and Turkish nationals will have access by showing ID. Greek Cypriots and foreign nationals will not be allowed to enter, the paper said.
“The practice where access to a beach is permitted by the presentation of identity papers is an anachronistic and shameful policy of apartheid and cannot under any circumstances be justified,” the Unite Cyprus group said.
“International law provides equal dignity and value to human beings, and the right to equality and non-discrimination for all, regardless of nationality.”
The group called on the Turkish Cypriot authorities to abolish “this shameful discrimination policy”.