FM: The current situation on the island cannot constitute a national compromise

The current situation on the island cannot constitute a national compromise, said on Sunday Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides.

Speaking during the memorial service of the EOKA Liberation struggle hero and second in command to General Griva Dhigeni, Gregoris Afxentiou, at Polemidia in Limassol, Christodoulides paid tribute to all those who defended the honour and integrity of Cyprus.

Sixty-three years after Afxentiou’s sacrifice, he said, we reflect on our responsibilities and pledge that we continue the struggle to safeguard the national dignity and rights of our people which are brutally desecrated by the violence and arrogance of the Turkish occupation.

Noting that the “current situation cannot constitute a national compromise”, the Foreign Minister said our collective responsibility is to restore and secure the continuation of our homeland.

“We are witnessing on a daily basis Turkey`s intransigent approach and aggressive policy”, said Christodoulides, noting that Turkey is turning into a pirate state and a bully in the Eastern Mediterranean region and does not hesitate to use human suffering to secure political benefits.

Despite the problems and daily provocations, he added, “our aim should be no other than continuing the efforts to find a solution that will reunite the state and institutions, to secure the prosperity as well as human rights of the people in a bizonal, bicommunal federation, based on the relevant UN resolutions and EU principles and values.

At this time of national remembrance, the FM said, we need to reflect on our historical responsibilities and debt towards our homeland through substantial moves and actions.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded and subsequently occupied its northern third.

Source: Cyprus News Agency