Defence Minister stresses the need for the Turkish occupation of Cyprus to be terminated

The Turkish occupation of Cyprus must be terminated, Defence Minister Savvas Angelides stressed on Saturday adding that a settlement of the Cyprus problem must be functional and viable.

There must be no foreign troops and barbed-wires which divide the country, but a united country in which all of its legal inhabitants live in harmony, in a secure, peaceful and democratic environment, he added.

Angelides was speaking on behalf of Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades during the memorial service for National Guard Chief, Lieutenant General Evangelos, and other four army officers killed on 10 July 2002 near Paphos, when their helicopter crashed.

Angelides said that we have to continue their struggle and their dedication to Cyprus, a country which is an EU member state, however 37% of its territory remains under occupation, in violation to the international law principles and human rights principles, something which constitutes the greatest historic and political paradox in Europe.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory.

Source: Cyprus News Agency