Athens, July 20, 2016/ Independent Balkan News Agency
By Spiros Sideris
The Greek government remains committed to the need to find a just solution to the Cyprus issue, which ensures peace, stability and prosperity, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras tweeted on on Wednesday, the 42nd anniversary on a Turkish invasion and occupation of the northern parts of the Cyprus Republic.
Using the official account of the Greek premier (@PrimeministerGR), Tsipras had earlier retweeted a post by Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades on the anniversary, adding the comment “42 years since the Attila invasion and the occupation, the need for a just and viable solution is more current than ever.”
A reunified Cyprus can only restore justice, ND leader Mitsotakis says
“The 42 years that have passed since the Turkish invasion in Cyprus have not weakened the memory of the tragedy. Nor the memory of the absolute injustice,” main opposition New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Wednesday on the occasion of the black anniversary of the Turkish invasion in Cyprus.
“On the contrary. They have rendered our determination to fight, together with Cyprus, stronger in order to end the illegal occupation and achieve the reunification of the island. As it is required by our historical and national responsibility and as it is provided for in the international law, the resolutions of the UN and the European acquis,” he underlined.
He also expressed his strong belief that a reunified Cyprus, an EU member, without occupation forces and outdated intervention rights and guarantees, is the only way to restore justice to the benefit of Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots that can and should live peacefully in Europe.
FM Kotzias’ statement on the 42nd anniversary of the Turkish invasion of Cyprus
“Today is the 42nd anniversary of the Turkish invasion of Cyprus, which ushered in the ongoing illegal occupation of over a third of the territory of the Republic of Cyprus, a member state of the United Nations and the European Union,” Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias on Wednedsay said in an announcement.
“The repercussions of the Turkish invasion include the uprooting of over 200,000 Cypriots from their ancient hearths, the humanitarian tragedy of the missing, the systematic and – according to Turkish Cypriot protests – still ongoing Turkish settlement, and looting of the Greek and Christian heritage, of the occupied areas.
Greece does not and will never accept the consequences of the Turkish invasion. It has made it clear to all sides that the elimination of the anachronistic system of guarantees and the withdrawal of all Turkish occupation forces – which, as the recent events in Turkey confirmed, undermine rather than ensure constitutional order and democratic normalcy – are an integral part of the solution of the Cyprus problem.
A constant concern and chief pursuit of our foreign policy is the ending of the ongoing Turkish occupation, which assails not only the rights of the Greek Cypriot community, but also those of the Turkish Cypriot community. Our goal is the achievement of a just, viable, comprehensive and agreed solution of the Cyprus problem, based on the relevant UN resolutions and the implementation of the community acquis throughout the territory of Cyprus.
Today, we bow to the memory of our brothers who fell in Cyprus in 1974. We express our respect for and patriotic gratitude to all the defenders, Cypriots and Greeks, of the Republic of Cyprus.
Greece is and will remain at Cyprus’ side, assisting and supporting Cypriot Hellenism and the whole of the Cypriot people,” according to the announcement.