Nicosia.- A special plenary session was held at the House of Representatives on Friday morning, to mark and condemn the 1974 coup d` état and subsequent Turkish invasion of the island.
On 15 July 1974, the Greek military junta, then ruling Greece, toppled the democratically elected President of Cyprus, the late Archbishop Makarios III. The coup provided Turkey with a pretext to launch an invasion and occupation of the island`s northern third. UN-led talks have been underway since May 2015 aiming to reunify the island under a federal roof.
Addressing the plenary, House President Demetris Syllouris pointed out that the Cyprus problem is “at a particularly crucial point”, adding that “collective action, unity and consensus” are necessary in order to reach a solution.
The Cyprus problem continues to be an international unsolved problem of illegal invasion and occupation and the Turkish side continues its effort to establish and legitimise the illegal regime in the occupied areas and to impose a two state solution in Cyprus, he noted.
“The good will of our side is being taken advantage of by them (the Turkish side) which now presents itself as the one working towards a solution of the Cyprus problem,” Syllouris said.
“Today, we are at a particularly crucial point. Collective action, unity, consensus are necessary prerequisites in order to achieve the solution we wish for, which should be in accordance with UN resolutions and based on the acquis communautaire,” he noted.
He further said that 42 years after the coup d` état of July 15 and the Turkish invasion of July 20, 1974, the House of Representative`s plenary holds this special session to condemn the dual crime committed against the Cypriot people and honour all those who fought and gave their lives for freedom and democracy.