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Erdogan says Varosha will open for all (updated, photos, video)


A new period is beginning in Varosha for the benefit of all, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday evening, during a visit there.

Those who are disturbed by the developments develop the victim’s narrative, he added.

Repeating that the Turkish Cypriots have been the only victims in Cyprus, he said “Our aim is not to create new victims but to open Varosha for all”.

On the island to mark 37 years since the unilateral declaration of independence of the ‘Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus’, he said that 83 million Turks were celebrating with the Turkish Cypriots the founding of the state and how the flags with cresents on them showed “the point at which our national cause has reached”.

“We will build a peaceful future together without forgetting the pain which was endured for the joy of independence,” he added, saying that problems continued in Cyprus, which has regained its stability since the “peace operation” of 1974.

He said one of Turkey’s priorities was to find a viable solution to the Cyprus problem. “We tried in good faith, but the effort of one party alone is not enough to find a solution. They did not give the support they should have given to northern Cyprus”.

He said no-one should expect there to be peace and stability in the Eastern Mediterranean of the Turkish Cypriots and Turkey are not given their rightful place.

Erdogan arrived in Varosha accompanied by Turkish Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar.

Images beforehand showed the area where he was to be received on Kennedy Avenue near several hotels, from the upper floors of which large Turkish and ‘Turkish Cypriot’ flags were hung.

A white, sheltered seating area had been built especially for the purpose next to what was to be a picnic area after Erdogan earlier suggested he would enjoy a picnic on the beach. However, it was almost dark by the time he got there.

The large crowd waving flags that had gathered to welcome Erdogan to the area, although they were not allowed near the beach, disbanded shortly before he arrived as it started to rain and he was three hours later than expected.

Journalists were also kept far from the place but passing them on the way in Erdogan said “first we will see the view and then we will speak”.

The beach area of Varosha was reopened last month shortly before the election of Tatar in the north, with the backing of Ankara.


The area on the beach constructed for Erdogan’s visit

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