The first invasion engraved in Cyprus’ collective memory is that of July 20 1974, while the second is that of August 14 1974, when the Turkish army violated the truce agreement and moved its tanks towards Famagusta.
After the glory of Ataturk and in an attempt to steal that of Ecevit, on November 15 2020, the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan steps foot on the fenced-off town of Varosha.
An action that is equivalent to violating UN resolutions and Security Council resolutions on Famagusta. Resolution 550 (11/11/1984) states: “The SC considers the attempts to settle any part of Varosha by individuals other than its inhabitants, as unacceptable and requests the transfer of this area to the UN administration.”
Resolution 789 (25/11/1992) states: "For the purpose of implementing Resolution 550 (1984), the area currently under the control of the UN Peacekeeping Force to expand and include Varosha."
Nevertheless, Turkey’s leader of 18 years, who proclaims himself daily on the side of the powerless and speaks of international legitimacy, set up a fiesta in Famagusta and danced on the graves of our parents, violating the most fundamental of human rights, those of life and property.
If the UN and the EU continue to turn a deaf ear to violations of international law, they may possibly be verifying Ersin Tatar, who said that in a decade the two will cease to exist.
[Kathimerini Cyprus editorial]