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Issue #1649      July 30, 2014

40th anniversary of Turkish invasion

This year marks the 40th anniversary since that terrible ill-fated day of July 20, 1974 – the day of the barbaric Turkish invasion of Cyprus by the Turkish Attila, colonisation of the occupied areas and the destruction of our cultural heritage. AKEL (Progressive Party of Working People) denounces and condemns in the strongest possible terms once again the crimes that have been committed and are continuing against the whole of the Cypriot people.

The invasion by Turkey represented the second part of the anti-Cypriot conspiracy that was designed and elaborated in foreign decision-making centres with the cooperation of Ankara.

The invasion by the Turkish armed forces caused havoc and devastation. It resulted in thousands of dead, war-stricken people, missing persons, the enclaved people in the occupied areas and refugees. We honour the memory of the fallen, who, although betrayed resisted the Turkish Attila and defended with their lives the independence of Cyprus. We express once again our unreserved support to the families and relatives of our missing persons, insisting on the verification of their fate. We support the refugees, the enclaved people in the occupied areas and those who have lost their beloved, stressing that the woes of the economic crisis should not have reduced the state’s help to them. We are on the side of the refugees in their struggle to safeguard the right of return.

Yet another black anniversary of the Turkish invasion finds the Cypriot people at the forefront of the struggle for liberation from the occupation and the reunification of our people and homeland. Our goal is to achieve a solution of the Cyprus problem as soon as possible.

The solution must end the occupation, the colonisation of the occupied areas and any foreign dependence, as well as safeguarding the human rights and basic freedoms of the Cypriot people as a whole.

The parameters of the solution are given and must be in line with International Law, the resolutions of the United Nations and the High-Level Agreements. The evolvement of the Republic of Cyprus into a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation with political equality as set out by the UN resolutions and which shall safeguard that the reunified Republic of Cyprus will continue to have a single sovereignty, a single international personality and a single citizenship, is the only just solution.

Unfortunately, the intransigent stance of Ankara and the Turkish Cypriot leadership, together with the tolerance shown by Turkey’s allies, have not so far permitted the solution of the Cyprus problem. However, we believe that our stance at the negotiating table is a factor that can substantially influence the course of the solution.

The direct bi-communal negotiations underway are the only available way to find a solution of the Cyprus problem. More specifically, in a period when international factors are showing an increased interest in the stabilisation of our region, our own handling regarding the talks must serve to the greatest possible degree the prospect of an overall solution to the Cyprus problem based on just principles.

An indispensable prerequisite for the successful outcome of our struggle is unity on our domestic front.

Forty years after occupation, the barbed wire of division continues to cause us the same pain.

These 40 years continue, however, at the same time to remind us that the best memorial to those who perished and the most important promise to future generations will be given by uprooting the barbed wire of division; a free and reunified country that will safeguard a safe and secure future for all its citizens, Greek Cypriots, Turkish Cypriots, Maronites, Armenians and Latins.

This is the vision that will continue to guide us and determine our struggles.

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