Shortly before midnight in New York, Britain unveiled a new draft presidential statement on Varosya, which explicitly states that the July 20 announcements for the opening of part of the fenced area were made by Turkish and Turkish Cypriot leaders. The draft was put into a silent process which ends at 9 am local time (4 pm Cyprus time).
On Thursday, after the breaking of the silent procedure by China, India and Ireland, there were continuous consultations between London – Nicosia and London Washington, requesting the specific amendment, but also to note that there is a violation of the resolutions and announcements of the SA. The first requirement was fully met and the second came very close, after the modifications of the first plan.
It should be noted the strong stance of the State Department, whose head Anthony Blinken had made statements for a strong reaction of the SA. about Varosha and was exposed by the British draft.
Today, consultations of the SA were also planned. on the draft resolution for the renewal of UNFICYP.
According to the latest British plan:
The Security Council reaffirmed its President's statement of 9 October 2020 (S / PRST / 2020/9) on Varosha.
The Security Council reaffirms the status of Varosha as defined in previous United Nations Security Council resolutions, including Resolution 550 (1984) and Resolution 789 (1992). The Security Council reiterates that any attempt to settle any part of Varosha by persons other than its inhabitants are unacceptable and that no action should be taken in relation to Varosha which is not in line with its resolutions.
The Security Council condemns the announcement in Cyprus by Turkish and Turkish Cypriot leaders on 20 July 2021 regarding the further reopening of part of the fenced area of Varosia. The Security Council expresses its deep regret at these unilateral actions, which run counter to its previous resolutions and statements.
The Security Council calls for the immediate reversal of this course of action and the reversal of all measures taken in Varos since October 2020. The Security Council emphasizes the need to avoid further unilateral action which is inconsistent with its resolutions and will could increase tensions on the island and damage the prospects for a settlement.
The Security Council emphasizes the importance of full respect for and implementation of its resolutions, including the transfer of Varos to the UN administration and respect for the free movement of the UNF1CYP.
The Security Council reaffirms its commitment to a lasting, comprehensive and just settlement in accordance with the wishes of the Cypriot people and based on a bi-communal, bi-zonal federation with political equality, as set out in the relevant Security Council resolutions, and its support for of the Secretary General.
Finally, the SA states that he will continue to monitor the matter.