Statements by the Greek Foreign Minister, Nikos Dendias
By Michael Michael
There is constantly one challenge after the other, the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades, said yesterday, referring to Turkey’s illegal actions against the Republic of Cyprus, while assuring that he will do his best for Cyprus.
Speaking at an event organized by the Federation of Cypriot Organizations of America in New York in his honor, the President of the Republic said that “this is the seventh year I have attended a meeting of Greeks, whether coming from Greece or coming from Cyprus, who join forces to serve in the best possible way the interests of both your home country and the country that generously hosts you; with your presence and creativity you have truly contributed to this great nation remaining great”.
What we are expecting and claiming, he continued, is nothing more and nothing less than what our fellow Europeans enjoy in the EU member states. And human rights are not only claimed for Greek Cypriots but also for Turkish Cypriots. What we want at last is peace, stability, justice. What we want is to create a state that is truly independent, away from guarantors or occupation armies, to create those conditions that will finally allow us to live peacefully in a country that has suffered for 45 years from an unacceptable, barbaric invasion, that has displaced one third of our citizens, keeping under occupation one third of our goods, that has trapped the Turkish Cypriots or turned them into a minority.
What we are trying to do is finally get rid of is the unblocking by the bulimia of some who, even now that we are trying to create conditions that will finally allow hope to revive, intervene in violation of the sovereign rights of the Republic of Cyprus in its EEZ, intervene by threatening to resettle Famagusta ignoring UN resolutions, they are breaking every rule as we speak regarding the dead zone status. Constantly one challenge succeeds the other.
In other words, Mr. Erdogan, speaking in the UN, spoke and said that it was the unpredictable attitude of the Greek Cypriots that led to the long, unstable situation in Cyprus. And one wonders if those who do not want the solution are those who live 45 years away from their properties, their homes, those who are still missing, those who would in every way seek to create conditions of peaceful coexistence with their neighbor.
The struggle is not only of the Republic of Cyprus, it is also of the Hellenic Republic. The close cooperation with the respective Greek Governments is what strengthens us. And I am happy to say that with the Government of Kyriakos Mitsotakis we have an excellent, impeccable cooperation which strengthens us. The efforts were joint and the goal of our contacts was the same during the many contacts of the Cypriot and Greek governments, with a host of countries and with the UN Secretary-General.
Dendias: Our aim is a solution that will ensure the withdrawal of all Turkish occupation troops
The event was also attended by the Greek Foreign Minister, Nikos Dendias, who in his address stated, inter alia, that “I would like to assure you from my heart that Greece will continue, in full and complete coordination with the Republic of Cyprus, to make every effort to put an end to the illegal Turkish occupation of the island.
The priority of the Mitsotakis administration, as well as of Hellenism as a whole, remains the achievement of a mutually acceptable, just, sustainable solution of the Cyprus problem, based on the decisions of the UN Security Council and in harmony with the EU acquis, principles and values. Our goal is a solution that will secure the withdrawal of all Turkish occupation troops, a solution that will secure its release from the anachronistic and unsustainable, as the SG himself said, system of guarantees and invasive rights of the 60s.
The fastest possible resumption and successful completion of UN-led negotiations is one of the top priorities of our Government. This is the message of Kyriakos Mitsotakis to all our interlocutors in New York, in all our meetings on the sidelines of the General Assembly”./ibna