“Erdogan’s Picnic at Varosha”, Andreas Thephanous (CEIA, Cyprus)

It was not the first time that Erdogan visited the occupied northern part of Cyprus to celebrate the anniversary of the “independence” of the “TRNC”.  This time though it was different: he was accompanied by numerous Turkish ministers and other officials and also visited the fenced city of Varosha in violation of the relevant UN resolutions.  Erdogan’s  new declarations confirm once more Turkey’s revisionist policies: more specifically, he called for the opening and the settlement of Varosha, declared the policy of two states in Cyprus and asked for the “fair sharing of hydrocarbons”.  It is important to put issues in a historical perspective with the objective to critically assess what has been taking place.

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