The UN Security Council will hold deliberations on Friday afternoon, during a closed session, to review a request filed by Cyprus to address the opening of the beachfront of Varosha.
Cyprus filed a request referring to the fenced off area of Famagusta on the basis of Article 35 of the UN Charter.
Security Council members will be briefed by Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Rosemary DiCarlo – who is going to attend the session – as well as by Elizabeth Spehar, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Cyprus, via videoconference.
After the session, the President of the Security Council, Permanent Representative of Russia to the UN Vassily Nebenzia is expected to read a statement to the press, agreed unanimously by all Security Council members.
The government of Cyprus has said it prefers the presidential statement is not limited to reaffirming existing resolutions and to condemning the Turkish decision, but to ask Ankara to recall the decision and reverse the action taken so far.
UN Security Council resolution 550 (1984) considers any attempts to settle any part of Varosha by people other than its inhabitants as inadmissible and calls for the transfer of this area to the administration of the UN. UN Security Council resolution 789 (1992) also urges that with a view to the implementation of resolution 550 (1984), the area at present under the control of the United Nations Peace-keeping Force in Cyprus be extended to include Varosha.
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Turkish Cypriot ‘prime minister’ Ersin Tatar announced on Tuesday that the beach area of Varosha would reopen, which it did on Thursday lunchtime.