Many new high rise buildings and hotels were built prior to the war to cater to the increasing number tourists coming to the number one tourist destination in Cyprus at that time.In 1974 Varosha was made part of the UN Buffer zone separating the occupied part of the island from the rest of Cyprus. The Turkish army has refused to hand control of Varosha over to the UN and continues to maintain a presence in the ghost town. It has stood empty and untouched since the island was divided 25 years ago. The Turkish Cypriot authorities have made repeated attempts to open it to Turkish settlers, at one point even proposing to allow refugees from Kosovo to stay there. The Cypriot government has remained steadfast in its position that Varosha is protected by a 1984 UN Security Council resolution, which says the empty town can only be resettled by its original inhabitants, who were almost all Greek Cypriots.