Pompeo calls Northern Cyprus move to reopen Varosha provocative

© Reuters. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a news conference at the State Department, in Washington

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U..S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo voiced deep concern about Northern Cyprus’ reopening part of a beachfront resort abandoned since Turkey invaded the island in 1974, calling it provocative and seeking its reversal, the State Department said on Friday.

Pompeo made the comments in a call with Cypriot Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides, the Department said, referring to Turkish Cypriot authorities partial reopening of the beach town of Varosha, a former resort area fenced off and abandoned in no-man’s land since the 1974 invasion divided the island.

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