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Turkey’s President Erdogan is planning to visit the occupied northern part of Cyprus on July 20th, the anniversary of Turkey’s invasion of Cyprus in 1974, where events are expected to focus on the fenced-off town of Varosha. Turkey is planning major infrastructure developments in occupied Varosha, which is in direct contravention of multiple UN Security Council resolutions. The UN Secretary General has stated his concern over Turkish activity in Varosha, while the EU has also stepped up pressure over the issue. The US administration has also been in touch with Nicosia over these developments, and both the US House of Representatives and the Senate are raising the issue with the administration.
We spoke to Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides on Sunday night about Turkey’s provocative steps in Varosha, the diplomatic steps Cyprus is taking in response, and the need for the international community - including the EU and US - to put pressure on Turkey.
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