First four volumes of “Cyprus File” handed to President of the Hellenic Republic and Greek PM

The first four volumes of the Cyprus File were handed over today by the President of the Hellenic Parliament Nikos Voutsis to the President of the Hellenic Republic Prokopis Pavlopoulos, and the Greek Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras.

Voutsi said that the four volumes are the first of a total of thirty volumes, containing the findings of the special parliamentary committee set up in 1985 by the Greek Parliament, in order to investigate the events of 1974.

The documents of the Cyprus File had remained classified until the Greek Parliament unanimously decided that they should be handed over to the Cypriot people. The documents of the Cyprus File were handed over to the House of Representatives of Cyprus one and a half year ago, said Voutsis, praising the important work made by the Greek scientific committee, which processed and edited the volumes.

Voutsis highlighted the importance of the publication of the Cyprus File for the rest?ration of historic memory, while wishing that it will give impetus for the retrieval and gathering of all archival documents regarding the Cyprus tragedy.

Receiving the volumes of the Cyprus File, President of the Hellenic Republic Prokopis Pavlopoulos, congratulated the Hellenic Parliament and the House of Representatives of Cyprus for their initiative, stressing that historical knowledge is necessary in order to understand and process a national trauma, which in the case of Cyprus remains unhealed. All documents regarding misguided operations over national matters should be given to public access so that citizens could justly assess the historical responsibilities of those who acted as their leaders, said President Pavlopoulos.

On his part, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, stressed that the publication of the Cyprus File has great historical importance, as it gives to each citizen the opportunity to understand the events that determined the course of modern Greek history. With this publication the Cyprus File is no longer the black box of Greek history, said Prime Minister Tsipras, adding that even if our history is painful, it is necessary for the next generations and for the political leadership to learn from past mistakes to avoid repeating them in the future.

Source: Cyprus News Agency