Minister of Defence calls for unity in the face of provocative actions by Turkey

Cypriot Minister of Defence Charalambos Petrides has called for unity in the face of growing provocative actions by Turkey.

“Today, as occupying Turkey proceeds with a crescendo of irrational and provocative actions and statements, which directly threaten broader Hellenism and lead regional peace and security of the Eastern Mediterranean to dangerous paths, universal unity is necessary,” Petrides said addressing in Nicosia an award ceremony for “Marcos Drakos race” organised by a youth organisation of SEK trade union.

Petrides said that this event is not only a token of respect, honour and gratitude to Marcos Drakos, a hero of the 1955 – 1959 anti-colonial struggle, but a call of responsibility for each and every one to continue striving for freedom, peace as well as security, Cyprus and its future generations deserve.

“This future would constitute the best tribute for Marcos Drakos whose example will represent an ever-lasting beacon,” he added.

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

Source: Cyprus News Agency