Greece stresses that it will never accept nor recognize the consequences of the Turkish invasion and occupation in the island, while assuring that it will continue to stand by the side of the Republic of Cyprus.
The position is outlined in a statement issued by the Greek Foreign Ministry on the occasion of the 36th anniversary of the declaration of the pseudo-state in the occupied areas of Cyprus,
“Today’s regrettable anniversary of the declaration of the pseudo-state in the occupied areas of Cyprus reminds to the international community the continuing for 36 years blatant violation of the fundamental principles of the United Nations Charter and the international law”, Greek Foreign Ministry says.
The statement also reminds that the UN Security Council, with its 541/1983 and 550/1984 Resolutions, has roundly denounced this illegal, separatist and invalid entity, and has called on all states not to recognize nor support it in any way, as required by the international legality. “Turkey represents the only regrettable exception, disdaining with its stance these Resolutions”, the statement underlines.
The Greek Foreign Ministry also refers to the current challenges faced by the Republic of Cyprus as regards the violations of its sovereign rights by Turkey. “Cyprus, as a member state of the UN and the EU is not alone against these challenges. Turkey must realize that escalating illegal and provocative actions will only lead to an equal escalation of the international reaction against it”, the announcement says, while adding that the international law must be respected by all parties.
“Greece will never accept nor recognize the consequences of the Turkish invasion and occupation in Cyprus, it will continue to stand by the side of the Republic of Cyprus and will not cease to support honestly and responsibly the initiatives of the UN Secretary-General for the solution of the Cyprus Problem and the reunification of the island, based on the international law and the European acquis”, the Greek Foreign Ministry stresses.
The announcement also reiterates that the restoration of international legality in Cyprus, the end of the Turkish occupation and the abolition of the anachronistic system of guarantees and intervention rights by third parties, as well as the achievement of a viable and functional solution to the Cyprus Problem, constitute Greece’s firm national goals.