House President calls for no intervention rights to Turkey in a Cyprus solution

President of the House of Representatives Demetris Syllouris has called for a solution to the Cyprus problem that will not allow Turkey to intervene in the internal structure of the Cyprus state.

In remarks at Macheras Monastery, in Nicosia District during the memorial service of Gregoris Afxentiou one of the heroes of the EOKA struggle 1955-1959 to liberate Cyprus from British colonial rule, Syllouris said that if a solution grants rights to Turkey in any way to intervene, then the complete control of Cyprus by Turkey is only a matter of time.

On Friday, drillship Saipem 12000, commissioned by Italian energy company ENI, to start drilling operations in block 3 of Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) was halted by five Turkish warships while making a new effort to reach Soupia target, which it was unable to fulfil due to Turkish threats.

During the last few days, we are following the outburst of Turkish provocations and expansionist aspirations not only in Cyprus but also in the Aegean and Syria, which should be a matter of concern especially when we are discussing the solution of the Cyprus problem.

Syllouris said that the common aim should be that a solution to the Cyprus issue must be based on international law, European principles and values, the acquis communautaire and respect the human rights of all citizens.

He called on everyone to come together and honour the memory of Afxentiou, noting we must draw strength from his struggle and sacrifice and launch our own struggle.

He further noted that the development and welfare that the people enjoy are due to the sacrifice of all EOKA liberation struggle heroes.

I have repeatedly noted that our European identity and dynamic stem from our position as EU member states and should be the main lever of pressure to solve the problem

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

Source: Cyprus News Agency