First two volumes of the “Cyprus File” to be published in April, House President announces

The first two volumes of the Cyprus File, containing evidence or other material collected by the Hellenic Parliament relating to the events that shook the island in 1974, will be published in mid-April, the President of the House of Representatives Demetris Syllouris has said.

Addressing on Monday a press conference, in Nicosia, Syllouris noted that during his recent visit in Athens they agreed with his Greek counterpart, Nikos Voutsis, that the next volumes will follow in regular intervals.

According to Syllouris, a total of 12-13 volumes will be published before the end of 2018, and the first volume will contain information concerning the procedural part.

The initial thought is to publish the material without any changes, probably in chronological order, according to Syllouris. He added that they agreed with Voutsis on the need to have total transparency.

The material will also be made available online, the House President said.

He added, moreover, that they agreed on the need to have more regular meetings between the committees of experts, in order to take the relevant decisions.

Syllouris said that more material might be in the possession of private individuals, both in Cyprus and Greece, the Foreign Ministry and the Defence Ministry of Greece, as well as in secret services around the world. The effort to gain access to this material will continue, he said.

Finally, he noted that the Cypriot side is ready to provide access to the Hellenic Parliament to its own material, used to draft the Cyprus File in the Cyprus House of Representatives. To this end, a relevant protocol is expected to be signed between the two sides.

Syllouris also said that they discussed with Voutsis the next trilateral meeting between the parliaments of Cyprus, Greece and Israel, possibly in late 2018 or early 2019.

He added that they also agreed to hold in Cyprus the first trilateral meeting between the parliaments of Cyprus, Greece and Egypt.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. Prior to the invasion, the then military junta ruling Greece engineered a coup against the legal government of the Republic of Cyprus.

Source: Cyprus News Agency