The unity and the continuous effort through the “weapons” offered by the international law, the EU and the principles of law in general are the way to prevent the aspirations of Turkey, said today the President of the Republic Nikos Anastasiadis.
Speaking to reporters after the memorial service for the victims of the Turkish invasion at the Apostle Barnabas Cathedral in Nicosia, the President said that today “is a day of remembrance for what happened before and after the treacherous coup.” It is a day of remembrance for the occupied areas of our homeland, a day of remembrance for the mistakes we committed but also for the illegal actions that continue to exist “.
“It is also a day of honor for those who gave their lives fighting for democracy and constitutional order, territorial integrity and freedom of our country. A day of honor for those who are ignored after battles on the battlefields or otherwise for those who, however, fell while fighting. “At the same time, it is a day of reflection on how we are dealing with the growing Turkish intolerance and how we are preventing Turkey's aspirations,” he said.
“That is why the appeal, the way, the way is none other than the unity and the continuous effort through the 'weapons' offered by the international law, the EU and the principles of law in general”, he stressed.
Asked to comment on the Turkish Cypriot leader's announcements for a partial lifting of the military regime in Varosi, the President said: “I can not comment, I do not have in mind exactly what Mr. Tatar said or announced, or what Mr. Erdogan said. I will answer when I get knowledge “.
“It is unacceptable if such a thing was announced. “It alters or is an attempt to alter the status quo of Famagusta as defined by resolutions 550 and 789 and our reactions will be similar”, he underlined.
Asked to comment on the Turkish demand for two states in order to resume the dialogue on the Cyprus issue, the President said that “it would be easier for me to set as a condition before the start of the negotiations the end of the guarantees, the withdrawal of the occupying troops, the territorial adjustments and what has finally been done to the detriment of the Greek Cypriot community. Therefore, it is not who sets the prerequisites. It is not just what the Turkish Cypriots will get. “Finally, they are what they are ready to accept under international law.”
The Turkish leader in his speech before the parade on the 47th anniversary of the Turkish invasion, said that they are determined to open Varosi, “which is part of the pseudo-state and this will make it possible to return the assets of the former residents and of beneficiaries who have not been able to go to their real estate for years. “It is a very important initiative,” he said.
Their goal, he continued, is to eliminate hostage-taking, adding that the opening of the closed Varosi will take place through the “real estate committee” with respect for property rights and in accordance with the law.
In this context, said Ersin Tatar, “by decision of our cabinet, the status of the military zone of the region corresponding to 3.5% of closed Varos will be abolished and the second phase of our initiative for Varos will begin.” .
With this step, the beneficiaries who apply to the “real estate committee” with a request for return will have the opportunity to make a decision in this direction, he added.
Attempt to influence Turkey by an international factor
An attempt to influence Turkey by the international community to change its stance in occupied Famagusta, the Municipality begins, with Mayor Simos Ioannou stating that in case there is no result then the only solution is for the Government to appeal to the Security Council.
Mr. Ioannou was speaking at the Cultural Center of the Municipality of Famagusta in Deryneia, where a symbolic work stoppage of five minutes took place at 10.00 in the morning. The Mayor of Famagusta, Simos Ioannou, stated that “today at 10.00 in the morning, a symbolic five-minute work stoppage took place, with the slogan 'We are all Famagusta'”.