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Cyprus Remembers: 42nd Anniversary of the Turkish Invasion

cyprusAs UN backed talks between the President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades and the Turkish-Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci to reunite the island under a federal roof continue, Cyprus marks on Wednesday the 42nd anniversary of the 1974 Turkish invasion.
Cyprus pays tribute to all those killed during the invasion, which resulted in the occupation of the island’s northern third.
The political and religious leadership remembers and condemns the continuing illegal occupation of Cyprus’ northern part and holds memorials and other commemorative events in the southern government-controlled areas of the Republic.

Greece always on Cyprus’ side” says Greek FM

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias has stated that “Greece does not and will never accept the consequences of the Turkish invasion [in Cyprus],” which took place 42 years ago today.
“[Greece] has made it clear to all sides that the elimination of the anachronistic system of guarantees and the withdrawal of all Turkish occupation forces – which, as the recent events in Turkey confirmed, undermine rather than ensure constitutional order and democratic normalcy – are an integral part of the solution of the Cyprus Problem,” read Kotzias’ statement.
“A constant concern and chief pursuit of our foreign policy is the ending of the ongoing Turkish occupation, which assails not only the rights of the Greek Cypriot community, but also those of the Turkish Cypriot community,” he added.
(Source: CNA)

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