28 November 2021,   03:24
European Parliament calls for tough sanctions for Turkey

Members of the European Parliament have adopted a resolution condemning what they called Turkey’s illegal activities in Cyprus, and called on the European Council to impose sanctions on the country.

In the resolution, the MEPs said Turkey partially opening the Cypriot ghost town of Varosha, a suburb of Famagusta that was once a bustling tourist favourite before 1974 when it was included in a U.N. buffer zone in the divided island, “weakens prospects of a comprehensive solution to the Cyprus problem, exacerbating divisions and entrenching the permanent partition of the island”.

Varosha, after years of dispute and several attempts in the past, was partially opened in early October, with Cypriot Turkish administrators saying property in the ghost town would be returned to former Turkish residents.

Three MEPs voted against the resolution, which had been submitted by the centre-right European People’s Party (EPP), while 631 voted in favor and 59 abstained.