Trilateral scheme not directed against Turkey, says Anastasiades

TAGS: Diplomacy, Politics

Cooperation between Cyprus, Greece and Egypt aims to safeguard peace and stability in the region on the basis of international law, Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades said during a trilateral summit in Nicosia Wednesday, emphasizing that the scheme was not directed against any third country.

Anastasiades also criticized a recent decision by Turkish Cypriot authorities to partially reopen the beach town of Varosha, a former resort area fenced off and abandoned in no-man’s land since Turkey’s 1974 invasion divided the Mediterranean island.

“Turkey is escalating tensions with a series of illegal actions,” Anastasiades said, while urging Ankara to respect United Nations’ resolutions on Cyprus.