House President deplores blatant human rights violations due to the 1974 Turkish invasion

House President Demetris Syllouris deplored the blatant violations of international law and human rights principles, resulting from the 1974 Turkish invasion and continuing occupation.

Addressing the opening ceremony of the Meeting of the Secretaries General of the Conference of the European Justice and Peace Commissions, Syllouris said the presence of the dignitaries in the conference is an excellent opportunity to acquire an insight into the situation on the ground.

This not only holds true for witnessing the consequences of the blatant violations of international law and human rights principles, resulting from the 1974 Turkish invasion and continuing occupation, but also for perceiving the multicultural character of our society, also reflected in the composition of ‘Justice and Peace Cyprus,’ he added.

Referring the title of the meeting Peace and Reconciliation in Cyprus and the Middle East: Achievements and Obstacles, Syllouris noted that the underlying cause of the never-ending instability is the rise of two conflicting approaches in this region: the approach of confrontation, interference and the use of violence, on the one hand, and the approach of peace, cooperation, welfare and peaceful coexistence, on the other.

Cyprus clearly lines up with the followers of the second approach. By focusing its regional activities on promoting peace and stability and through tangible and multiform cooperation, Cyprus aims at consolidating joint benefits for the people of the region, the Cypriot House President said.

He assured that to that end, during his mandate, I aspire to fully put into effect specific initiatives, including the creation of a Middle East Cooperation Center and the promotion of the Arabic language in Cyprus. In this context and spirit, I took the initiative to invite Presidents of Parliaments of countries of the Middle East to the 13th Conference of Presidents of Parliament of Small States of Europe, which the House of Representatives hosted in November 2019.

He also recalled that the Cypriot Parliament participated in regional and interparliamentary conferences and forums and, together with the Hellenic Parliament and also promoted trilateral forms of parliamentary cooperation, with a number of Middle East countries, namely Israel, Egypt and Jordan, aiming to extend this cooperation to other countries of the region.

Our effort to act as a bridge regionally and between Europe and the Middle East has an ultimate goal: to overturn the existing negative spiral of violence and conflict in the region and create, instead, the conditions necessary to bring about peace, stability and prosperity for everyone, Syllouris concluded.

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

Source: Cyprus News Agency