The quarters of the “ghost town” in Cyprus were visited by tourists for the first time in 46 years

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The quarters of the former Cypriot resort of Varosha were first opened to tourists on October 8. The Turkish Cypriot newspaper Kibris Postasi reports.

The route for tourists was laid along Democracy Avenue and Kennedy Avenue in the coastal zone. At the same time, the guests had to observe the utmost care, in particular, do not leave the roads and designated areas, do not enter buildings.

Now access to the city will be carried out through an equipped checkpoint from 09:00 to 17:00.

The opening of the territories of Varosha drew criticism from the Greek authorities in Cyprus, which called on Turkey to comply with UN resolutions on Famagusta, writes the Cyprus Mail.

Varosha is protected by a 1984 UN Security Council resolution. It says that an empty city can only be inhabited by its original inhabitants.

Cyprus has been effectively divided between the Greek and Turkish communities since 1974. In 1983, the unrecognized Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus was proclaimed. Negotiations between the parties on the reunification of the island are unsuccessful; their next round in 2017 ended in failure.

The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus occupies the northern third of the island of Cyprus and is recognized only by Turkey. The authority on the island, recognized by the international community, is the Greek government of the Republic of Cyprus.

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