Halt urged to tol­er­a­tion of Cyprus oc­cu­pa­tion

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Fol­low­ing the col­lapse of United Na­tion­s­me­di­ated Cyprus talks ear­lier this month, Greek Pres­i­dent Prokopis Pavlopou­los yes­ter­day called on the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to stop tol­er­at­ing the pres­ence of Turk­ish oc­cu­py­ing troops in the is­land’s north.

“We ex­pect both Europe and the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to rise to the oc­ca­sion on a ma­jor is­sue which is not Greek nor Cypriot but in­ter­na­tional and Euro­pean, the Cyprus prob­lem,” Pavlopou­los said. “Nei­ther Europe nor the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity should tol­er­ate the dis­grace of the Turk­ish in­va­sion and oc­cu­pa­tion,” he added. His com­ments came amid re­ports that Turk­ish-Cypriot of­fi­cials are con­sid­er­ing al­low­ing the re­turn of thou­sands of refugees to Varosha, an aban­doned south­ern quar­ter of the city of Fa­m­a­gusta in the is­land’s oc­cu­pied north.

Sources close to the Turk­ish gov­ern­ment in­di­cate that the open­ing up of the fenced­off dis­trict is just a mat­ter of time. The pre­cise in­ten­tions of Turk­ish au­thor­i­ties, and Turk­ish-Cypriot of­fi­cials, how­ever, re­mains un­clear.

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