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The President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades urged everyone on Thursday to reflect on the causes that led to Turkey’s invasion, on July 20, 1974.
He said that the international community is beginning to realize that the fundamental cause of Cyprus’ division is the presence of the Turkish occupation army.
July 20 is a black day for Cyprus and everyone must consider the causes, Anastasiades said.
“Without a doubt, the criminal acts against the state before the coup, the treason by Greek junta officers, and … division,” he said after a church service in Nicosia that was held to mark the 43rd anniversary of the invasion.
Forty-three years after, some people were mourning while others were celebrating because using the pretext of guarantor, they invaded and forcefully displaced 167,000 Greek Cypriots, they murdered thousands, left behind missing persons, and desecrated sacred places, he added.
Earlier, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias called on the entire international community to recall the criminal consequences of the illegal Turkish invasion and the continuing drama of Cyprus.
“The Hellenic Republic and the Republic of Cyprus will continue united their titanic struggle for the rights of Hellenism, Cyprus and the Cypriot people as well as for restoring the freedom, sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of the Cypriot state. They will continue their struggle in order to free Cyprus from the Turkish troops, restore the rights of refugees, and allow the Turkish Cypriots to live in a democratic state without the Turkish troops,” Kotzias underlined.
“We owe this to the Cypriots and the Greeks as well as all the heroic defenders of Cyprus who faced the forces of the Turkish invader in a tough and unequal confrontation in 1974,” the Foreign Minister added.