The European Union and the international community are on high alert a week before Turkish President Recep Tayyip ErdoÄan travels to occupied northern Cyprus to join in the “anniversary celebrations” of his invasion of the island in 1974, July 20.
EU High Representative Josep Borrell expressed concern about Turkey’s potential opening of Varosha during a press conference following Monday’s Foreign Affairs Council.
Borrell reiterated that the entire Foreign Council unanimously rejected Turkey’s two-state solution, noting that the EU was “united” and calling on Turkey “to refrain from any provocative action” .
“Hopefully in the next few days we will not have to convene an extraordinary Foreign Affairs Council,” said Josep Borrell.
During the press conference, Borrell also referred to the migration crisis at the Lithuanian-Belarusian border qualifying “the use of migrants as a weapon” as unacceptable, and noted that there were reports that something similar happened on the border with Poland.
“We are closely following the situation on the Lithuanian border with Belarus”, said Josep Borrell, stressing that the EU urged the Belarusian authorities “to respect their international commitments and obligations”.
The EU has taken a number of restrictive measures and is ready for further assessment, the EU high representative said.
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