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EU calls on Turkey to reverse decision of reopening of Maraş

EU calls on Turkey to reverse decision of reopening of Maraş

The town of Maraş in the Turkish Cypriot city of Gazimagusa, also known as Famagusta, partially reopened for public use on Oct. 8.
27.11.2020 - 16:46

The European Parliament adopted a resolution Thursday calling on the European Union to take action against Turkey over its decision in October to reopen the coastline of the abandoned town of Maras in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC).

PARLIAMENT CLAIMED THAT THE MOVE WAS ILLEGAL

The European Parliament adopted a non-binding resolution titled “Escalating tensions in Varosha following the illegal actions by Turkey and the urgent need for the resumption of talks.”

Condemning the move as an “illegal act,” the members of parliament called on Turkey to reverse the decision. They also called on the European Commission to impose sanctions against Turkey.

On June 18, 2019, the TRNC launched efforts to open Maras, which had been closed since 1974, and have an expert team conduct inventory surveys in the town, which began the following month.