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President Anastasiades sends message of unity on annual memorial of the dead from the Turkish invasion

President Anastasiades sends message of unity on annual memorial of the dead from the Turkish invasion
What I expect and I look forward to, and the political leadership is trying for, is that at some point everyone realizes that, in order to be able to have the right to celebrate, we must at last find the solution that we seek, which must respect for everyone's - without exception - human rights, said today the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Nikos Anastasiades.

In his statements to journalists, after the annual memorial of the dead during the coup and the Turkish invasion, in the Holy Church of Panagia Faneromeni, President Anastasiades said that "43 years later, some people mourn and some others cheer. Those who mourn are those who violently lost brothers, have missing persons, lost their birthplace, lost the sanctuaries, but also the monuments of their own cultural heritage.

Some others, or a part of them, especially Turkey, cheered, for under the guise of the guarantors, they invaded and forcibly displaced 167 thousand Greek Cypriots, murdered thousands, left behind them missing persons, degraded holy places.

What I am looking forward to, and the political leadership is trying, is at some point to realize that, in order for them to have the right to celebrate, we must at last find the solution that we seek, which must respect for everyone's - without exception - human rights. That is why our firmness and persistence that what happened on June 4 or in Crans Montana - that is for the first time for Turkey to discuss the termination of guarantee rights - is a sine qua non if we want to create a truly independent state. A state, which will not serve third parties but its citizens. July 20 is a black day, and we should all think about the causes that caused it.

Undoubtedly, criminal acts before the coup, against the state, treason on the part of the Greek-speaking officers of the Athens Junta and undoubtedly a division. Consequently, what is needed today as a lesson of history is respect for democracy, unity and stability in the positions".

Asked how will Turkey be forced to think and adapt to international law, as so far all efforts have ended there, having no desire to take the extra step with regard to guarantees, the President replied "slowly but gradually , I believe that the international community, the European Union, in particular, but not alone, is beginning to realize that the main reason for the division of a European country is the presence of an occupying army, guarantee rights, invasive, as they claim, rights.

I believe that gradually but steadily, what, through its attitudes, establishes the need to exert pressure on Turkey's side, is precisely its attitudes"./IBNA

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