In his speech at the UN General Assembly in New York on Friday, Greek PM Mitsotakis highlighted the division of Cyprus and reminded the international community not to ignore the illegal Turkish attempts to impose a new fait accompli on the island as well as their threats and repeated violations.
During his speech, he also referred to the Turkish-Cypriot leadership’s insistence on “unacceptable demands” and their refusal to resume negotiations on an agreed settlement.
“For nearly fifty years, Cypriots have lived on a divided island as the result of an illegal invasion and a military occupation, “he said. “Ankara and the Turkish-Cypriot leadership continue to insist upon unacceptable demands for a two-state solution.”
He insisted that “the international community must not ignore illegal Turkish attempts to impose a new fait accompli on Cyprus, in particular in the fenced area of Varosha, as well as new and repeated violations of Cyprus’ maritime zones and airspace.”
The Greek PM also highlighted Greece’s strong support, firstly, for the continuation of negotiation efforts in finding a mutually acceptable settlement for Cyprus and, secondly, for the Confidence Building Measures proposed by the President of Cyprus, Nikos Anastasiadis.
For nearly 50 years, Cypriots have lived on a divided island as the result of an illegal invasion and a military occupation. Ankara and the Turkish-Cypriot leadership continue to insist upon unacceptable demands for a two-state solution. #UNGA
— Prime Minister GR (@PrimeministerGR) September 23, 2022
This comes after Nicos Anastasiades bemoaned the inability of the UN to solve the division of the island in his final speech as President at the General Assembly on Friday.
“I might have not been able to see my homeland reunited, with my Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot compatriots living in conditions of peace, prosperity, and stability,” he said.
“However, I earnestly hope that during my lifetime, I will be able to witness a better and more stable future for humanity,” Anastasiades said with hope.
In his powerful speech, Anastasiades questioned the effectiveness of the UN.
“How is it then that we come back again and again, year after year, as a kind of ritual, to attest to the dismal lack of effectiveness for some and the embellishment attempt for others, for what is in fact our inability to fulfill the aims of the UN Charter?” he inquired.
“Why do the decisions of the Security Council remain in their overwhelming majority sheer certificates attesting violations?” he questioned. “Why are international law and international agreements not implemented? Why do strategies and programs, aiming at creating better conditions for people that are suffering, remain wishful thinking?”
“And as I have emphasized, the only way forward in resolving conflicts and for peace to prevail is none other than the unwavering adherence to international law and the UN Charter, not as arbitrarily interpreted by those who seek to disguise their revisionist aspirations,” Anastasiades stressed.
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