The President of the Republic, Nikos Anastasiadis, sent the message on Thursday night that he says no to a solution to the Cyprus problem based on the demands of Turkey and the neo-Ottoman visions of the Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, emphasizing that “what we do not accept is to turn Cyprus into a protectorate of Turkey through settlers, through interventions that we all without exception watch, not only in Cyprus, but also abroad “.
In his greeting during a ceremony for the unveiling of a plaque with the names of the political convicts of the Liberation Struggle 1955-'59, in the area of the Central Prison, in Nicosia, President Anastasiadis noted that
The solution to the Cyprus problem must be based on international law, guarantee the human rights, functionality and viability of the state and fully respect the principles and values of the EU.
He said that “we are trying in every way to convey our message and our determination to work for a solution to the Cyprus problem within the framework of the United Nations resolutions, but not outside the framework. Not on the basis of Turkey's demands, not on the basis of the new Mr. Erdogan's Ottoman visions “
He noted that “by focusing on the values, ideals, actions and sacrifices of all those who participated in the respective struggles for the freedom of our country, we draw strength for the continuation and recognition of our own struggle. A struggle which, while remaining unfair to For 47 whole years, it has been demanding from us the minimum debt to the homeland in order to reach a solution for the benefit of all its legal citizens “.
A solution, he said, “which will, above all, end occupation and colonization, free Cyprus from foreign troops and any dependencies, which will restore and guarantee the human rights and fundamental freedoms of all without exception. of the legal residents of this island “.
A solution, he added, which, “based on international law, will guarantee human rights, will guarantee the functioning and viability of the state, will fully respect the principles and values of the EU, will create the conditions for us to be able to live together again.” peacefully and to co-create with our Turkish Cypriot compatriots “.
He noted that “we are trying our best to convey our message and our determination to work for a solution to the Cyprus problem within the framework of UN resolutions, but not outside the framework. Not on the basis of Turkey's demands, not on the basis of the neo-Ottoman Mr Erdogan's visions “.
“This is our duty to those who gave their lives, to those who were imprisoned, tortured, fought and handed over to us a country free from the shackles of colonization, a free country,” he said.
This, he added, is our obligation and this obligation we must serve and this is what I want to assure you: I will serve as long as I am in the office that the people have recognized me.
President Anastasiadis said that “incomprehensibly, the political convicts of the Liberation Struggle of 1955-'59, boldly raising their stature against the colonialists, indelibly carved their own chapter in the history of the place, making it an integral part of the Cypriot web.”
The placement of the columns with their names, as a minimum debt of the State, is the recognition of their great contribution to the achievement of the goal of freedom and the liberation of our place from the English occupation, he said.
He said that from today, the name of each and everyone individually, as a reminder of their self-sacrifice and self-denial for the homeland, will be an example for present and future generations.
He will underline our obligation regarding the preservation of independence and the restoration of freedom in our martyrdom Cyprus, he added.
The unveiling of the plaque was made by President Anastasiadis and the Metropolitan of Kykkos Nikiforos.
The ceremony was attended, among others, by the Speaker of the Parliament Annita Dimitriou, other officials and political convicts of the Liberation Struggle 1955-'59.