Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades attended today the solemn doxology performed at the Cathedral of Saint John, on the occasion of the anniversary of April 1.
After the eulogy, in his statements to the press, the President of the Republic stressed that “April 1st is one of the most glorious pages – after March 25th, the national uprising of the Greek nation – of the Cypriot Hellenism.
A landmark day against colonialism, but also with the claim of the right to self-determination. A right that every people acquired after the founding of the UN and the defeat of Nazism.
If there is one thing we must learn from that struggle other than the admiration and honor we owe to those who selflessly gave their lives and suffered deprivations, is that if we have achieved the goal of liberation from colonialism it is because they were united and had a common goal and purpose.
They may not have achieved what was the original intention and desire of the Cypriot Hellenism, but they were free from colonialism.
Today, our country faces visible dangers. After the Turkish invasion of 1974, 37% remains occupied, with a Turkish bulimia to turn it into a Turkish province.
What history dictates to everyone today is to reflect and assume their responsibilities, so that through international diplomacy, international support, Governments but also (based on) specific principles, as specified in the UN Charter and with the authorities and EU values to achieve: First, the reunification of this homeland on the basis of the resolutions we have achieved. Secondly, to create or evolve the Republic of Cyprus into a functioning, sustainable, fully independent state, free from third-party dependencies, from the presence of any troops and with the creation of prospects to finally live peacefully with our compatriots beyond , I repeat, and away from any dependencies.”
Asked how the Cypriot side will oppose Turkey’s manipulations after raising the issue of the creation of two states, the President of the Republic said “with the UN resolutions, the international support as our weapons, I think it is now clear that no one accepts Turkey’s demands for the creation of two states. Therefore, what we should be is consistent in the principles and positions and in what is unanimously agreed in the National Council.”
Asked if he will hold a video conference with the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Cyprus Jane Holl Lute, President Anastasiades said that “I will have a video conference tomorrow on Friday with the President of the European Council, while Ms. Lute will be in Cyprus 11-12 April.”
Asked to comment on a statement by the Turkish Cypriot leader that EOKA was a terrorist organization, the President said that “I do not know if he was talking about TMT, then he would be right.
The Greek Cypriots fought to gain their independence, so did the Turkish Cypriots. Unfortunately, the Turkish Cypriots were used by the then colonial power and the differences arose between the two communities, which otherwise coexisted peacefully for centuries.”
Afterwards, President Anastasiades attended the Trisagion service chanted at the graves of the heroes of the ’55 -’59 national liberation struggle of EOKA in the Prisoners of Memories, on the occasion of the national anniversary of April 1st.
After the Trisagion, President Anastasiades laid a wreath at the heroes’ memorials.
The President of the Republic was accompanied by Ministers of Defense Charalambos Petrides, of Justice and Public Order Emily Yiolitis and Education, Culture, Sports and Youth Minister Prodromos Prodromou.
Earlier today, the President of the Republic attended the solemn eulogy for the national anniversary held at the Cathedral of Saint John, which was presided over by the Archbishop of Cyprus, Mr. Chrysostomos II. /ibna