The struggle to restore justice for Cyprus needs to continue, House President says

The Greek Cypriot leadership ought to continue its struggle to restore justice for Cyprus, House President Demetris Syllouris has said.

He was speaking on Sunday at a religious service in Kaimakli, a Nicosia suburb, commemorating officers, soldiers and volunteers who lost their lives during the 1974 Turkish invasion.

Syllouris said that in order to restore justice, Turkish occupation troops need to leave the territory of the Republic of Cyprus, and guarantees need to be abolished in the framework of a just, viable and functioning solution that promotes the interests of the Cypriot people.

This kind of settlement needs to be based on European values and principles, the EU acquis, democracy and justice. Any settlement outside this framework automatically implies the sell off of our homeland, of our values, of our history he added.

The President of the House also expressed concern about Turkey’s behavior, which violates all notions of law and order and continues to lay claim over Cypriot land and sea.

Syllouris also said that Turkey is a much more powerful party and tries to direct the process for a Cyprus settlement in line with its own objectives for political and military domination over the whole of Cyprus. However, our past, history and values do not allow us to retreat and settle with injustice, he concluded.

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