Defence Minister pledges the government will continue to defend the rights of the people at international for a

Defence Minister, Charalambos Petrides, has assured that the government will continue with the same zeal to defend the rights of the people at all for a with the hope that Turkey will realise it is to its interest to deescalate the tension and secure peace and stability amongst all east Mediterranean states.

 

He was speaking during the unveiling of a monument in Strovolos to honour the fallen and missing soldiers of the 33rd Commando Squadron, who fought, as he said, with unparalleled bravery and gave their lives for their homeland during the Turkish invasion of 1974.

 

He said for 48 years, almost half the island remains under the occupation of the Turkish invaders with people still missing, the destruction of our cultural heritage, the desecration of churches and the illegal colonisation and uprooting of every Greek element in the occupied areas being an unacceptable situation that causes grief.

 

Unfortunately, Ankara’s policy continues to prove on a daily basis, that it does not honour the agreed framework for a fair and viable solution that will allow for the reunification of Cyprus and the peaceful cohabitation on the island and lead to the conclusion that it is pursuing a definite partition.

 

He also said the aggressive Turkish policy in the Aegean and Cyprus as well as the escalation of tension in the framework of its revisionist policy, do not leave enough room to resume the dialogue with the aim to find a solution that will secure the human rights, security and peace on the island.

 

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied the island’s northern third. Repeated rounds of UN-led peace talks have so far failed to yield results.

 

Source: Cyprus News Agency