Varosha, which used to be a tourist hotspot, has been fenced off and abandoned since Turkey invaded northern Cyprus after a Greek-inspired coup in 1974.
Sanctions against Belarusian strongman, Alexander Lukashenko, failed to materialise this week, as the EU launched its much anticipated and revamped migration pact.
Cyprus insists it does not oppose sanctions against Belarus but wants similar measures slapped on Turkey.
Cyprus has called for sanctions against Turkey over illegal drilling in the Eastern Mediterranean, but is offering a legal alternative.
European diplomats say Cypriot officials are threatening to veto sanctions against Minsk if the EU does not consider action over a separate dispute in the Mediterranean Sea.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has urged Turkey to engage in dialogue and take no more actions to increase tensions with Greece in the Eastern Mediterranean.
Heads of states of France, Greece, Cyprus, Malta, Italy, Spain and Portugal warned Turkey that "unless it ends its unilateral activities", the EU would "develop a list of further restrictive measures".
It comes after a number of migrants who recently crossed from the breakaway north to the internationally recognised south of Cyprus tested positive to COVID-19.
The government of Cyprus is encouraging the voluntary use of a locally developed app designed to locate people who may have come into contact with someone infected with coronavirus.
British woman given four month suspended sentence over 'false' rape claim
A series of blasts hit an ammunition depot in northern Cyprus after a fire broke out in a military zone.
A 96-year-old World War Two veteran celebrated his birthday on Saturday (August 31) by breaking his own record as the world's oldest active scuba diver for the third year running.
The 34-year-old British-Cypriot was reported missing by her husband after she failed to return from a morning run on the Greek island of Ikaria.
A Turkish ship planning to drill for oil and gas close to Cyprus dropped anchor off the island on Monday, sparking tensions with Nicosia and the European Union.