As long as the Republic of Cyprus is shielded by the resolutions of the United Nations and the decisions of the European Union, Turkey's goal for full political control of the island will never be achieved, Presidential Commissioner Photis Photiou said on Wednesday, adding that this is our basic weapon in our effort to deal with the Turkish ploy.
Speaking at a seminar in London on the 48 years since the illegal Turkish invasion, Photiou noted that the goal set by Turkey's deep state remains unfulfilled, because, despite the problems and weaknesses of the of Zurich-London agreements, we are and remain a state recognized by the United Nations and all other international organizations, a member state of the European Union and a state that signs agreements and partnerships with other states.
'we need to defend with all our strength the Republic of Cyprus and pursue a solution that reunites the island and terminates the Turkish occupation'
He noted that we need to defend with all our strength the Republic of Cyprus and pursue a solution that reunites the island and terminates the Turkish occupation.
Photiou said that we have a duty to all those who fought and sacrificed their lives for our freedom, but also to the next generations whose future we must safeguard.
He spoke of the systematic efforts by Turkey to destroy religious and cultural heritage in the occupied areas and the attempt to write off every element of our historical heritage and our connection with the land of our forefathers.
Cyprus has been divided since the 1974 Turkish invasion. Repeated rounds of UN-backed talks to reunite the island under a federal roof have failed to yield results.