The Minister of Defense, Charalambos Petridis, stated on Sunday that “our country is undoubtedly going through critical moments”, noting that “we are in a period characterized by the provocative actions of Turkey and the dangerous climate created by the aggressive statements and all its behavior. , both against Cyprus and against Greece “.
Speaking at the unveiling of his bust, the hero Vassilis Kkolias, in Maroni, the Minister of Defense, according to an announcement, said that “we are working to end the occupation and the reunification of our homeland, so as to hand over to the new generation a country free of occupying armies and dividing lines “.
He added that “in this regard, the President of the Republic a few months ago sent a letter to the European institutions and the leaders of the Member States of the European Union, stressing the unacceptability of Turkish positions at the informal five-party conference in Geneva, which do not contribute to ground for the resumption of talks “.
YPAM also continued, “makes it clear that any obsession of Turkey and the Turkish Cypriot leadership in the two-state solution, as well as the creation of new ones or the existence of challenges, does not contribute in any way to Cyprus' positive approach to the desired upgrade of Turkish relations.” EU”.
The Minister of Defense reminded that “the European Parliament, in turn, 3 weeks ago, formally demanded the suspension of Turkey's accession negotiations and respect for international law and the law of the sea.”
He also confirmed that, “the basis for a solution to the Cyprus problem is the Bi-Zone Bi-Communal Federation in accordance with the resolutions of the United Nations and the Security Council,” said Mr. Petridis.
He noted that “our efforts do not stop here and we continue the struggle at all levels because we want a free Cyprus, a Cyprus of peace and prosperity, democracy and justice, where all basic human rights will be guaranteed and guaranteed.”
In his speech, the Minister of Defense said that “the years go by and the wounds of our Cyprus remain fresh and bleeding while the bust of the hero Vassilis Kolkias, like every material and intangible reminder of the struggle of our heroes, functions as a silent trumpet of vigilance and struggle for the overthrow of the occupation data “.
He added that “we must learn from the mistakes of the past, in order to avoid in the future the difficult paths where we were thrown and the consequences of which still plague our island.”
The bones of Vassilis Kkolias were found in 2014 in a mass grave in the area of Mia Milia as part of the exhumation and relic identification program of the Cyprus Missing Persons Investigation Committee.