A message by the President of PSEKA Philip Christopher.
New York.- This past July was the 35th Year of the invasion and occupation of Cyprus. Thirty-five years have passed since that tragic summer. Thirty-five years of injustice, human rights violations, and occupation of an EU member state. Thirty-five years of individuals passing without returning to their ancestral homes. Thirty-five years of struggle for freedom, for human dignity, for human rights. Thirty-five years of drastic changes in the world, and yet Cyprus still remains under occupation by Turkey.
It is a different world today than 1974. The Republic of Cyprus is now a member of the European Union. The Republic of Cyprus is a cosmopolitan nation. The Speaker of the Parliament is of Armenian descent. There is a large Russian community, a thriving Armenian and Maronite Community, and a significant East Asian community. Cyprus is a bridge of Europe to the Middle East, with a strong economy, that guarantees all rights to all citizens.
For the last 35 years, we have been fighting a problem of invasion and continued occupation. A solution cannot be achieved without the removal of all Turkish troops and settlers, and the return of all Cypriot citizens to their ancestral homes.
Please take a few moments on Christmas Day for a special prayer for our island home. Spend a few minutes in recognition of those who gave their lives, of the missing, of the refugees, and of the enclaved. Our children and grandchildren have grown up never seeing their family homes. Our churches and graveyards that lie in ruin. The overseas Cypriots have waged their own war against the Turkish occupation, and we have struggled against seemingly insurmountable forces.
Thirty five years is a long time and have been overtaken by the feeling of complacency. The affluent Turkish lobby and the general indifference of the international community, have created more barriers for us to break down. I encourage everyone to continue the fight for justice for the Cypriot people. Some things are clearly inherently right or wrong. And right is on the side of freedom for Cyprus!
Our success depends on everyone to remaining strong and focused on battling this ongoing injustice, and I assure you that we will not stop, we will not rest, until we see the removal of Turkish troops, the removal of the illegal settlers, and return of all refugees to their homes.
I urge all individuals, to express their frustration in the way they feel appropriate.
Every action counts, every voice matters, as long as we work legally and cohesively, as long as our efforts are united and work toward a common strategy.
It is a testament to our community and that the younger generation of Cypriot and Greek Americans is active in the cause for justice for Cyprus. Our younger people may not have seen first hand the pain and violence of the war, but their hearts and souls are tied to Cyprus and the cause of justice and human rights.
I remind everyone that we have promises to keep and miles to go before we sleep. We have made promises to our children, our parents and grandparents to see a united, free Republic of Cyprus.