Erdogan expected in northern Cyprus

The government of Cyprus has described the Turkish president’s planned visit to northern Cyprus, an area occupied by Turkey, as an unprecedented provocation.

Tayipp Erdogan will visit the north on Sunday to mark the 37th anniversary of the unilateral proclamation of independence.

However, despite the celebrations, only Turkey recognises the enclave.

The Turkish president is expected to have lunch in Varosha, near Famagusta – an area which has been that has been uninhabited since 1974, but was opened last month by Turkish authorities.

Reacting to the move, the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres expressed his concern.

In Resolution 550 of 1984, the Security Council considered inadmissible any efforts to populate Varosha with people other than its inhabitants and called for a transfer of the area to the administration of the United Nations.

In Resolution 2483 adopted on July 25, 2019, the Security Council recalled the status of Varosha “as set out in relevant resolutions.”

A military parade is slated to be held later in north Nicosia.