No return without solution Photiou tells CNA about Maronite villages in Turkish occupied areas

Recent statements by Turkish Cypriots about the unilateral decision by the Turkish occupying authorities on the return of Maronites in their villages in the occupied areas of the island constitute a politically motivated effort to create further faits accomplis which have to do with the substantive aspects of the Cyprus problem, Presidential Commissioner Photis Photiou has told CNA, stressing that without a solution we cannot speak about the return of displaced people.

Photiou had been asked to comment on statements earlier by former Turkish Cypriot negotiator and so called minister of foreign affairs of the Turkish occupied areas Kudret Ozersay that the opening to Maronite villages to those who are displaced will take place gradually in the context of fiscal capabilities.

The Presidential Commissioner said that once more Turkish politically motivated moves cause confusion and upset among the Maronite community and displaced people in general.

It is obvious, Photiou said, that the occupying regime seeks to erode the meaning of occupation.

He underlined that the Republic of Cyprus’ stable and irrevocable position is to guarantee the right of return and to defend the legal rights of all displaced people without discriminations.

Bringing the matter up on the part of the Turkish occupying regime, constitutes an effort once more to make an impression and to exploit on a communications level, a serious matter which has to do with the Cyprus problem’s substance.

The expression of declarations and intentions does not lift the continued illegality, the violation of international law and the consequences of the Turkish invasion and occupation of the island.

Without a solution we cannot speak of the return of displaced people, but rather for the resettlement under conditions of occupation, without the need for the occupation to end or for a solution to be reached including the return of displaced people as an offered remedy to be abolished.

Photiou called on Turkey to adopt a constructive position aiming to reunite our country through the solution of the Cyprus problem.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. Repeated rounds of UN-led peace talks have so far failed to yield results. The latest round of negotiations, in July 2017 at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana ended inconclusively.

Source: Cyprus News Agency