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Famagusta Municipality hands resolution to UN, EU
2003-07-29 09:37:56

Nicosia, Jul 29 (CNA) – Famagusta Municipality called on the international community to take concerted action against Turkey and demand the withdrawal of Turkish occupation troops from Cyprus and a solution based on the UN decisions and resolutions.

In a resolution handed to the embassies of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, a representative of the United Nations Peacekeeping Forces in Cyprus and the Head of the European Commission's delegation in Cyprus, the Famagusta Municipality notes that “Turkey is violating the principles of the UN Charter, its resolutions and decisions, the international law and European Convention on Human Rights by denying” the people of Famagusta their “basic human rights and democratic freedoms totally unchallenged”.

It further notes that a “great part of the city remains enclaved, surrounded by barbed wire for 29 years, wearing down to the level of complete destruction as a result’.

The Municipality also underlines that periodically, Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash and Ankara “announce various measures allegedly related to the return of the city to its rightful inhabitants” stressing however that “it has been proven that up to this day, they had no serious intention of doing that and that these announcements were made purely for the sake of impressions only…”|

The Famagusta Municipality called on the UN and the international community to take concerted action and demand the “immediate, even though delayed for 29 years, withdrawal of Turkish occupation troops and the illegal settlers imported from Turkey”, a “just and viable solution to the Cyprus problem” and “full restoration of human rights and freedoms in Cyprus, to include real and not simulated ‘freedom of movement’, settlement and the right to own property.''

“Twenty-nine years is too long a period to suffer this unheard of injustice and violation of our fundamental human rights and freedoms”, the Municipality added.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37 percent of the island’s territory.

Turkish troops unleashed a second offensive against Cyprus on 14 August 1974 as the country was trying to come to terms with the devastating effects of the invasion.



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