We remain firmly committed to reaching a solution that is fully in line with international law, the United Nations Resolutions, the principles and values of the European Union”, the President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades notes in his message on the 46th anniversary of the Turkish Invasion of 20 July 1974
In his message, the Cypriot President called on the European Union “to adopt a more decisive stance, which, through appropriate measures, will bring costs and convey the message that Turkey cannot keep acting undisturbed”.
The full message of Nicos Anastasiades:
“46 years after the continuous crime against our country, we continue to remember that black summer of 1974 and the painful consequences: the occupation, the violent division, the displacement from our ancestral homes, the dead and the missing, the plunder of our religious and cultural heritage.
Today, as we pay tribute to those who sacrificed their lives defending the Democracy and the freedom of our homeland, we must, united and unanimously, behave with the utmost seriousness and responsibility.
We remain firmly committed to achieving a solution that is fully in line with international law, the United Nations Resolutions, the principles and values of the European Union.
A viable and functional solution that will reunite our divided homeland and free it from the unacceptable state of occupation, transforming it into a normal state, whose fortunes will be managed by the legal inhabitants of the island; the Greek Cypriots, Turkish Cypriots, Maronite Cypriots, Armenian-Cypriots and Latin Cypriots.
Unfortunately, Turkey’s actions, through its invasion of the Cypriot EEZ or the threats around the settlement of Famagusta, blatantly violate the sovereign rights of the Republic of Cyprus and deeply undermine the goal set by its Secretary General to cultivate an environment that favors effective negotiations.
46 years later, apart from the invasion of Turkey in the Cypriot EEZ, we are also witnessing its military involvement in Libya and Syria. We are still witnessing threats against Greece and even the unacceptable act of converting Hagia Sophia into a mosque.
The European Union must adopt a more decisive stance, which, through appropriate measures, will bring costs and send the message that Turkey cannot keep acting undisturbed”. /ibna