Today’s anniversary of the brutal Turkish Invasion coincides with a ray of hope, says Greek FM

Todays sad anniversary of the brutal Turkish invasion of Cyprus, which marked one of the most tragic pages in the history of Hellenism, coincides with a ray of hope, the Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias stressed and asked the whole of the international community to call to mind the criminal repercussions of the Turkish invasion and the ongoing tragedy in Cyprus.

In a written statement, Kotzias explained that the ray of hope is not hope for an immediate resolution of the Cyprus problem, as this is unfortunately not yet possible due to Turkeys continuing intransigence, but hope because the international community now appears to realise what is obvious, which is set down in the resolutions of the United Nations; that is, that the reunited Cyprus must be a normal modern state, fully sovereign, fully independent and with territorial integrity.

Kotzias pointed out that in such a state, there is no place for occupation troops nor for anachronistic subjections of the past, such as the “guarantor” role of third countries, which provided the pretext for Turkey to invade Cyprus and, since then, occupy 37% of the countrys territory with military forces.

At the same time, he reassured that the Hellenic and Cypriot Republics will continue their common titanic struggle for the rights of Hellenism, Cyprus and the Cypriot people, and for the restoration of the freedom, sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of the Cypriot state.

They will continue to strive to free Cyprus of the Turkish troops, to restore the rights of the refugees, and to make it possible for the Turkish Cypriots to live in a democratic state, free from the boot of Turkish forces, he stressed.

Turkish troops invaded Cyprus on 20 July 1974, following a military coup that toppled the legal government of the Republic which was engineered with the Greek military junta.

In a two-phase invasion and despite repeated calls by the UN Security Council, Turkey occupied 37% of the sovereign territory of the Cyprus. Ankara continues to maintain some 40,000 troops in the northern areas of Cyprus, in complete disregard of appeals for their withdrawal and calls to contribute to a political settlement through peace talks.

A new round of the UN-backed Cyprus talks in Crans Montana, Switzerland, failed to produce any results. The peace talks under the auspices of the UN aim at reuniting the island under a federal roof.

Source: Cyprus News Agency