Pompeo concern over Cyprus beach opening

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has expressed concern over the opening of the Varosh beach by Turkish Cypriot authorities.

“The Secretary expressed deep concern and noted such a move was provocative and inconsistent with UN Security Council Resolutions 550 and 789 and not conducive to a return to settlement talks,” State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said.

“The Secretary urges a reversal of the re-opening. The United States continues to support a comprehensive settlement to reunify the island as a bizonal, bicommunal federation, which would benefit all Cypriots and the entire region.”