The Greek parliament unanimously approved the handover of the archives of the Greek parliament’s inquiry into the 1974 coup to overthrow president Makarios and the ensuing Turkish invasion – known as the Cyprus File – House president Nikos Voutsis announced on Tuesday. The Cyprus File will be handed over to the House of Representatives of the Republic of Cyprus during a special session on Friday morning,
The Cyprus File had been studied and evaluated by the Committee of Inquiry between 1986 and 1988, when the relevant findings were found.
The decision taken today by the plenary took place following the implementation of the Co-operation Protocol as well as an annex signed by the two presidents: the President of the Hellenic Parliament and the President of the House of Representatives of the Republic of Cyprus in 2016 and 2017.
The President of the House, Nikos Voutsis, described the decision today as historic , and the delivery of the Cyprus File as a historical debt .
The material will be handed over to the House of Representatives of the Republic of Cyprus next Friday, at a special event in Cyprus that the President of the House, Nikos Voutsis, will attend.
In order to preserve historical memory and deferred fulfilment, to a minimum of moral, substantive and historical obligation to the Cypriot state, an exact copy of the “Cyprus File” was created to be sent to the House of Representatives of the Republic of Cyprus.
Next Friday, there a special procedure will take place in the House of Representatives in Cyprus, to create a special version of the Committee’s minutes within a reasonable time, which will also open up a valuable historical source to the wider public in the context of security and the scientific integrity offered by the prestige of the two Parliaments.
“I feel a great deal of responsibility before you on this issue. However, I am particularly touched because 43 years are not simply a lot, they are too many and they have shaped a historical breach of memory and responsibility, “said the President of the House and described the delivery of the Cyprus File as a “historical debt”./ΙΒΝΑ