Greece sends stern warning to Turkey on anniversary of the Cyprus invasion


Cypriots woke up on Monday to the sound of sirens to mark 46 years since Turkish troops invaded and occupied Cyprus’ north.

This was followed by a memorial service in Nicosia for Army officers and soldiers killed during the invasion, in the presence of the acting President of the Republic Demetris Syllouris and Greek National Defense Minister Nikos Panagiotopoulos.

At the same time in Greece, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis was marking the occasion with a stern warning to Turkey.

A memorial service was held in Nicosia on Monday for Army officers and soldiers killed during the invasion. Source: Twitter.

“46 years after the Turkish invasion, the wound of Cyprus still bleeds. Unfortunately, the sky of the entire region is being filled by more and more clouds of provocations by the same culprit,” Mitsotakis said in a statement.

“The anniversary of shame, instead of provoking a redemptive self-criticism in Turkey, finds it slipping further from legitimacy, Europe and the values of the 21st century.

“In the face of these events, Hellenism reacts with maturity and determination, with faith in justice and the resumption of a dialogue that will bring a lasting solution to the island.”

Acting President of the Republic Demetris Syllouris and Greek National Defense Minister Nikos Panagiotopoulos marked the anniversary. Source: Twitter.

Along a similar strain, Greece’s President Katerina Sakellaropoulou also deplored the Turkish invasion, saying Greek people will never forget the atrocity.

“Forty-six years have passed since the Turkish invasion of Cyprus, and the pain remains undiminished. We do not forget the autrocity of the Turkish invasion,” the Greek President stated.

“[We] seek a solution that will finally free Cyprus from the Turkish occupation troops and will abolish the, according to common international belief, unsustainable system of guarantees and the right of third parties to intervene in the affairs of the Republic of Cyprus.”

RELATED: Archbishop Makarios sends message on anniversary of Turkish invasion of Cyprus.




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