Cyprus Mail today reports of the possibility that the ‘Ghost Town’ of Varosha (or Maraş as it is known by the Turkish Cypriots) could be returned to Greek Cypriot occupation and control….. US Ambassador John Koenig yesterday said in response to a question about CBM (or confidence building meaures) that returning the ghost town of Varosha to the Greek Cypriot side would create dynamic changes in the Peace talks between the divided island’s negotiators.
After a meeting with Averof Neophytou, ruling DISY leader, Koenig said “We share the view that such steps could contribute very, very positively to the conclusion and implementation of a comprehensive settlement. These are not two different things. They are part of the same effort, after 40 years, to successfully reach a settlement and implement a settlement that will reunite the island and protect the interests of all Cypriots.”
US Secretary of State, John Kerry, said when speaking of the Cyprus problem, “which is high on his priority list”, “We see a very significant opportunity for a settlement of the Cyprus problem for a new united Cyprus with very positive perspectives in all fields. ”
Neophytou said “We’re aiming for a viable solution that will create prospects and hopes for all Cypriots,” when discussing his opinions of the CBM tactics currently being given great weight in the negotiations.
Neither side seemed to be singing from the same hymn book on either what they expected to be the next stage of the talks or on the matter of Varosha as a CBM even though the second meeting of Eroglu and President Nicos Anastasiades is due to take place next Monday....Go Back