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Christodoulides links Turkish Cypriot rights violations to 1974 invasion

President Christodoulides urges reunification, announces unilateral measures in address to Council of Europe


Cypriot President Nikos Christodoulides addressed the Council of Europe's Parliamentary Assembly, emphasizing that any violation of Turkish Cypriot human rights or perceived "isolation" stems from the 1974 Turkish invasion and ongoing occupation. Responding to questions from PACE members, Christodoulides announced upcoming unilateral measures for Turkish Cypriots and urged the community to convey "the right messages to Turkey."

Addressing a Ukrainian MP on Russian investments in Cyprus, he acknowledged past mistakes in the "golden passports" citizenship program, which terminated in 2020. He encouraged Ukrainians to monitor countries not complying with EU sanctions against Russia, citing Turkey.

Christodoulides, responding to an Irish MP, clarified Cyprus' stance on British Sovereign Bases' involvement in Gaza and Yemen, emphasizing humanitarian missions over military operations. He also outlined Cyprus' efforts to enhance legislation and mechanisms for LGBT community rights in response to a question from a Swiss MP.

Responding to Turkish Cypriot observer Oguzhan Hasipoglu on the alleged isolation of Turkish Cypriots, Christodoulides attributed human rights violations and isolation to the Turkish invasion and occupation. He urged Turkish Cypriots to recognize the importance of reunification for a positive future, pledging unilateral measures in the coming days. Cyprus has been divided since the 1974 invasion, with recent efforts for UN-led talks aimed at reunification. Former Colombian Foreign Minister Maria Angela Holguin Cuellar has been appointed as the UN Secretary-General's envoy for Cyprus.

[Source: CNA]

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