As Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan prepares to illegally visit the occupied part of Cyprus in a few days, with the visit announced provocatively to coincide with the anniversary of the unlawful Turkish invasion of the island in 1974, the international community has been consistently sending a clear message to Turkey that UN Security Council resolutions on Varosha must be respected and that Ankara needs to engage with good will in UN-led efforts to resolve the Cyprus Problem on the agreed basis of a bizonal bicommunal federation, as prescribed by the relevant UNSC resolutions.
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Famagusta (also known as Varosha) was once a vibrant city on the east coast of Cyprus, turned into a ghost town after its lawful inhabitants were forced to flee by the invading Turkish army, during the unlawful invasion of the island in 1974. Turkey has to date ignored and is in blatant violation of relevant UN Security Council resolutions (inlc. 550 and 789) calling for Varosha to be transferred to UN administration in order for its lawful inhabitants to be able to return.