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'Ghost town' Varosha to reopen
  • FAMAGUSTA, CYPRUS - MARCH 06: Former, decaying hotel buildings stand beyond a makeshift barrier and a Turkish military sign inside the "Forbidden Zone" of Varosha district on March 6, 2017 in Famagusta, Cyprus. Hundrds of buildings inside Varosha district, which was once a prime Cypriot resort, stand abandoned and decaying in a zone the Turkish military has sealed off ever since Varosha residents fled in the 1974 war. Cyprus has been divided into a Greek south and Turkish north ever since the brief but devastating war of 1974. Since then United Nations peacekeepers have maintained a buffer zone that runs through the capital city of Nicosia and across the entire island to keep the factions apart. In the south the Greek-dominated Republic of Cyprus is internationally-recognized and a member of the European Union, while in the north the self-proclaimed Turkish Republic of North Cyprus (TRNC) is recognized only by Turkey, which also has tens of thousands of troops stationed there. Negotiations over possible reunification have made strident progress over the last few years, though they have stalled in recent months. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
  • A general view of Famagusta's coast with the deserted hotels of the tourist area of Varosha in the background, fenced off out of bounds in the Turkish occupied north of the island 05 May 2003. For the past two weeks, Greek-Cypriots have been allowed to visit their villages and homes which they lost in 1974 in the Turkish military invasion of the northern part of the island. (Photo by Laura BOUSHNAK / AFP) (Photo by LAURA BOUSHNAK/AFP via Getty Images)
  • As a result of the war the Turkish troops keep the hotel city of Varosha at Famagusta as a kind of hostage on November 18, 2014. The ghost city at the seaside was once the most touristic place of the island. (photo: Wassilios Aswestopoulos/Nurphoto) (Photo by NurPhoto/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
  • FAMAGUSTA , CYPRUS - JULY 06: Buildings inside the 'Forbidden Zone' of Varosha districton July 06, 2010 in Famagusta, Cyprus. Abandoned and decaying Buildings of the empty city of Famagusta ghost town.The abandoned quarter of Varosha was once a prime Cypriot resort. The Turkish military in the 1974 war has sealed off since Varosha residents fled after Turkey invaded Cyprus. Cyprus is a member of the European Union and north the self-proclaimed Turkish Republic of North Cyprus is recognized only by Turkey.(Photo by Athanasios Gioumpasis/Getty Images)
  • A Turkish military sign stands next to a deserted building of the tourist area of Varosha, in the fenced off area of Famagusta, in the Turkish-occupied north of the divided eastern Mediterranean island of Cyprus, on November 02,2013. Concerned by the deadlock in the negotiations between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed the hope that the two sides will overcome the impasse next week during a visit by his Special Adviser Alexander Downer, the Cyprus Mail reported. AFP PHOTO/YIANNIS KOURTOGLOU (Photo credit should read Yiannis Kourtoglou/AFP via Getty Images)
  • A view of a deserted hotel of the tourist area of Varosha, in the fenced off area of Famagusta, in the Turkish-occupied north of the divided eastern Mediterranean island of Cyprus, on November 02,2013. Concerned by the deadlock in the negotiations between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed the hope that the two sides will overcome the impasse next week during a visit by his Special Adviser Alexander Downer, the Cyprus Mail reported. AFP PHOTO/YIANNIS KOURTOGLOU (Photo credit should read Yiannis Kourtoglou/AFP via Getty Images)
  • FAMAGUSTA, CYPRUS - JANUARY 05: An abandoned hotel is seen in the Varosha quarter of the beach on January 5, 2017 in Famagusta, Cyprus. Prior to the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974, the abandoned quarter of Varosha was the modern tourist area of the city, and one of the most important tourist destinations in the world. (Photo by Awakening/Getty Images)
  • FAMAGUSTA, CYPRUS - JANUARY 05: Nature covers the abandoned houses of the Varosha quarter on January 5, 2017 in Famagusta, Cyprus. Prior to the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974, the abandoned quarter of Varosha was the modern tourist area of the city, and one of the most important tourist destinations in the world. (Photo by Awakening/Getty Images)
  • FAMAGUSTA, CYPRUS - JANUARY 05: A Turkish military sign is seen in front of abandoned hotels in the Varosha quarter on January 5, 2017 in Famagusta, Cyprus. Prior to the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974, the abandoned quarter of Varosha was the modern tourist area of the city, and one of the most important tourist destinations in the world. (Photo by Awakening/Getty Images)
  • FAMAGUSTA , CYPRUS - JULY 11: Abandoned hotel buildings stand next to public beach inside the 'Forbidden Zone' of Varosha district on July 11, 2017 in Famagusta, Cyprus. Abandoned and decaying Buildings of the empty city of Famagusta ghost town.The abandoned quarter of Varosha was once a prime Cypriot resort. The Turkish military in the 1974 war has sealed off since Varosha residents fled after Turkey invaded Cyprus. Cyprus is a member of the European Union and north the self-proclaimed Turkish Republic of North Cyprus is recognized only by Turkey. (Photo by Athanasios Gioumpasis/Getty Images)
  • FAMAGUSTA , CYPRUS - JULY 11: Abandoned hotel buildings stand next to public beach inside the 'Forbidden Zone' of Varosha district on July 11, 2017 in Famagusta, Cyprus. Abandoned and decaying Buildings of the empty city of Famagusta ghost town.The abandoned quarter of Varosha was once a prime Cypriot resort. The Turkish military in the 1974 war has sealed off since Varosha residents fled after Turkey invaded Cyprus. Cyprus is a member of the European Union and north the self-proclaimed Turkish Republic of North Cyprus is recognized only by Turkey. (Photo by Athanasios Gioumpasis/Getty Images)
  • FAMAGUSTA , CYPRUS - JULY 11: Details of Abandoned Buildings inside the 'Forbidden Zone' of Varosha district on July 11, 2017 in Famagusta, Cyprus. Abandoned and decaying Buildings of the empty city of Famagusta ghost town.The abandoned quarter of Varosha was once a prime Cypriot resort. The Turkish military in the 1974 war has sealed off since Varosha residents fled after Turkey invaded Cyprus. Cyprus is a member of the European Union and north the self-proclaimed Turkish Republic of North Cyprus is recognized only by Turkey. (Photo by Athanasios Gioumpasis/Getty Images)
  • UNSPECIFIED - FEBRUARY 15: A view of abandoned buildings in Closed Maras (or Varosha in Greek) on February 15, 2020. Closed Maras is a ghost city where entry is forbidden, with the exception of the Turkish army personnel. Closed Maras was abandoned after the UN Security Council passed Resolution 550 on May 11,1984, which barred the resettlement of the town. (Photo by Muhammet Fatih Ogras/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
  • UNSPECIFIED - FEBRUARY 15: A view of abandoned buildings in Closed Maras (or Varosha in Greek) on February 15, 2020. Closed Maras is a ghost city where entry is forbidden, with the exception of the Turkish army personnel. Closed Maras was abandoned after the UN Security Council passed Resolution 550 on May 11,1984, which barred the resettlement of the town. (Photo by Muhammet Fatih Ogras/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
  • UNSPECIFIED - OCTOBER 7: A view of abandoned street as employees continue to work in Closed Maras (or Varosha in Greek), on October 7, 2020. Some part of the public owned beach of the town and Demokrasi Street will be opened to the public as of tomorrow morning, after 46 years. Works continue in the town, which will begin to open gradually tomorrow for the first time in 46 years. (Photo by Ali Ruhluel/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
  • Varosha, an area fenced off by the Turkish military since the 1974 division of Cyprus, is seen from a beach in Famagusta, Cyprus, August 5, 2019. Picture taken August 5, 2019. REUTERS/Murad Sezer
  • Ruins of hotels at Varosia district of Famagusta, Cyprus
  • Seaside of Varosia with spectacular ruins of hotels, Famagusta, Cyprus
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