House President condemns violation of refugees’ rights by Turkey in Cyprus

The House of Representatives has condemned once more Turkey’s violation of the right of refugees to return to their homes.

In a reference, on Friday, on the occasion of World Refugee Day � commemorated on June 20 � House President Demetris Syllouris spoke about the willingness of the Greek Cypriot side to support the efforts to solve the Cyprus problem, in order to safeguard the peaceful coexistence of all Cypriots.

Speaking during the plenary session, Syllouris noted that refugees are being denied their right to return to their properties for 43 years.

According to an announcement by the House, Syllouris also referred to the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought and noted that the House of Representatives is commitment to monitoring the development of this phenomenon, and to act together with the executive, if necessary.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory. Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci have been engaged in UN-led talks since May 2015 with a view to reunite the island under a federal roof.

Source: Cyprus News Agency