The unity and the continuous effort through the “instruments” offered by the international law, the EU and the principles of law, in general, are the way to prevent the aspirations of Turkey, as stated by the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Nikos Anastasiadis.
Speaking to reporters after the memorial service for the victims of the Turkish invasion held in the Apostle Barnabas Cathedral in Nicosia, the president said today “is a day of remembrance for what happened before and after the treacherous coup.
It is a day of remembrance for the occupied areas of our homeland, a day of remembrance for the mistakes we committed but also for the illegal actions that continue to exist.
It is also a day of honor for those who sacrificed their lives for democracy and constitutional order, territorial integrity and freedom of our homeland.
A day of honor for those who are still missing after battles on the battlefields or for those who, however, fell during the battle.
At the same time, it is a day of reflection on how we are dealing with the escalating Turkish intolerance and how we are thwarting Turkey’s aspirations.
That is why the appeal and the way is none other than the unity and the continuous effort through the ‘instruments’ offered by the international law, the EU, more broadly the principles of law.”
Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs: The whole Greek community continues to carry the tragedy of the thousands of missing, displaced and trapped in Cyprus
“47 years have passed since the Turkish invasion of Cyprus, which led to the illegal occupation of more than a third of the island. Today we pay tribute to those who resisted the invader and especially to the fallen,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
“The whole Greek community continues to carry the tragedy of the thousands of missing, displaced and trapped in Cyprus.”
As the Ministry of Foreign Affairs underlined, “Greece, in full coordination with the Republic of Cyprus, is working for a just and sustainable solution to the Cyprus problem, a solution that will be based on the relevant Resolutions of the UN Security Council and the European Acquis. A Cyprus united in the framework of a bi-communal bi-zonal Federation.”
“The continuous efforts made by Turkey, as well as the current leader of the Turkish Cypriot community, to overturn this perspective find us completely opposed and we reject them in their entirety,” he stressed and added:
“The continuation of the illegal actions, as well as the new announcements by the Turkish side, violate the relevant decisions of the Security Council, are in complete contradiction with the conclusions of the European Council, as well as the calls of the International Community. They should be condemned and must not go unanswered.”
“Turkey must immediately stop its provocative and delinquent behavior and comply with international law,” the ministry concluded.
Greek President: The vindication of the struggle for the reunification and restoration of the Republic of Cyprus’ integrity and unity is our national duty
“The vindication of the struggle for the reunification and restoration of the Republic of Cyprus’ integrity and unity is our national duty,” stated President of the Hellenic Republic Katerina Sakellaropoulou on Tuesday in her message for the 47th anniversary from the Turkish invasion of Cyprus.
Sakellaropoulou underlined that “then, as today, 47 years after, Greece and Cyprus remain united” adding that “United we are facing the continuing Turkish occupation and Turkey’s attempts to undermine the efforts of UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres for the restart of the negotiations for the resolution of the Cyprus issue.”
Greek PM: Our message for fair solution with a Cyprus united and without occupation troops remains strong and active
“Time goes by but nobody forgets. 47 years from the Turkish invasion of Cyprus and our message for a fair solution with the island united and without occupation troops remains strong, real and totally active” stated Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis in a post on Facebook on Tuesday on the sad anniversary.
“Today we remember and fight by honouring the heroes that defended the integrity and independence of Cyprus” he said among others.
“It is time for Turkey to abandon the deadlock of threats against Cyprus and the Turkish-Cypriots. Αfter all, they are threats against the international legality and stability in the region, against the EU and the values of the 21st century and that’s why they will not be tolerated”, Mitsotakis said.
Greek Defence Minister: The wounds remain open — We do not forget and honor the heroes
“On July 20, 1974, Attila Operation invaded Cyprus. The Turkish invasion was marked by cold-blooded killings of civilians from Kyrenia to Nicosia. Today, 47 years later, the wounds remain open. We remember… We do not forget and honor the heroes!”
This was stated in a post on social media by the Minister of National Defense, Nikos Panagiotopoulos, on the 47th anniversary of the Turkish invasion of Cyprus.
The Minister of National Defense traveled to Cyprus yesterday and today he attended the memorial service for the fallen at the Tomb of Makedonitissa, in the presence of the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Nikos Anastasiadis, and the memorial service at the Cathedral of Apostle Barnabas.