United Nations.- by Apostolis Zoupaniotis
Cyprus’ Representative at the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly Stelios Makriyiannis has said that if Turkey really hopes for lasting peace in Cyprus, it should withdraw its troops and restore the human rights of the people of Cyprus.
Exercising his right to reply to the Turkish Representative, who had earlier repeated Turkish positions on the Cyprus problem, Makriyiannis said that, while Turkey should behave constructively, as a UN Security Council member, instead it reiterates untrue allegations and falsifies historical facts, in an effort to deviate from the substance of the issue.
Makriyiannis referred to a plethora of UN resolutions on Cyprus, which deplore the Turkish invasion and continuing occupation of part of Cyprus, as well as decisions by international organisations and courts concerning Cyprus.
He noted that actions are stronger than words, and called on Turkey to submit proposals at the negotiating table for a Cyprus settlement in line with UN resolutions and the basis of negotiations that has been agreed on.