Iacovou: UN resolutions highlight position on Famagusta
Larnaca, Sep 3 (CNA) -- The position of the international community on a proposal by Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash to open for settlement by Greek Cypriots the fenced area of the occupied town of Famagusta (Varosha) under Turkish Cypriot administration is outlined in UN Security Council resolutions 550 and 789 and it will not change, Foreign Minister Georgios Iacovou has said.
Iacovou said that as long as Denktash remains on the political scene the possibilities for progress towards a solution in Cyprus are limited.
The UN considers Turkey, whose troops invaded the island in 1974, responsible for the status quo in Varosha and has called on Ankara to return the occupied city to the UN which will in turn hand it over to its legal residents.
On Turkey's efforts to convince the European Union that it is making the necessary reforms in line with the acquis communautaire, the Foreign Minister noted that these attempts have not convinced anyone, since the seven packages of reforms Ankara has adopted have hardly been implemented.
Speaking to the press on his return from Damascus, where he paid an official visit and invited to comment on Denktash's proposal for Varosha, Iacovou said the international community's position on this issue ''is highlighted in Security Council resolutions 550 and 789'' and it will not change.
''I expect various manoeuvres from Denktash between now and the December 'elections' in the occupied areas. Denktash has acted in this manner in the past and I believe he will use Famagusta as a pawn,'' Iacovou said.
Replying to questions, Iacovou indicated that US sources believe that as long as Denktash remains on the scene there are few prospects for progress.
On his visit to Syria, Iacovou said it was important, noting that he briefed the Syrian side on the Cyprus problem, mainly in view of the Islamic Conference that will take place in Kuala Lumpur next month.
He also said he discussed with his Syrian interlocutors the Middle East and regional problems.
Foreign Minister said that various agreements Cyprus has signed with Syria in the past 40 years have to be amended, as a result of Cyprus' accession to the EU.