The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative in Cyprus Elizabeth Spehar recalled the UN position on Varosha during her meeting on Thursday with Turkish Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar.
According to Unficyp spokesperson Aleem Siddique among the issues Spehar discussed with Tatar on Thursday was the Cyprus problem, the work of the bicommunal technical committees and developments on the fenced area of Varosha, part of which was opened to visitors by the Turkish side last month.
Spehar “recalled the position of the United Nations on Varosha which remains unchanged and is guided by relevant Security Council resolutions,” Siddique told the Cyprus News Agency.
Spehar also discussed other issues with Tatar including the work of Unficyp, the UNSG’s Good Offices mission and last week’s meeting between the leaders of the two communities.
Siddique said Spehar “looks forward to continuing these discussions with both sides in the weeks ahead.”
UNSG special envoy Jane Holl Lute is expected to arrive in Cyprus at the end of the month for contacts with the two leaders over the prospects of an informal five-party meeting so that all stakeholders can discuss the way forward.
Tatar and the Turkish leadership promote the opening and redevelopment of Varosha to attract tourism to the coastal resort.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is expected to arrive in the north on Sunday for the celebrations of the 37th anniversary of the unilateral declaration of independence. He had expressed the wish to also visit Varosha for a picnic, which prompted strong reaction both sides of the divide.