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Refugees call on UN to insist on just Cyprus solution
2003-08-06 17:17:41

Nicosia, Aug 6 (CNA) -- Greek Cypriot refugees from the Turkish-occupied municipalities of Lapithos and Karavas, in Kyrenia district, have urged the UN to insist on a just and fair solution to the Cyprus problem, based on the UN resolutions and not on the faits accomplis created by the 1974 Turkish invasion and occupation.

A petition with the refugees' demands was handed over today to a UN representative at the Ledra Palace checkpoint in Nicosia, the world's last divided capital. The petition coincided with the 29th anniversary of the occupation of Lapithos and Karavas (6-8 August 1974) by Turkish invasion troops, who still occupy 37 per cent of the island's territory, in violation of repeated UN resolutions calling for their withdtrawal.|

''We expect the UN and its representatives in Cyprus will insist on a right and just solution of the Cyprus problem, based on the UN resolutions and not on the effects of invasion and occupation,'' the petition says, pointing out that the limited easing of restrictions of free movement can not be regarded as a satisfactory solution of the problem.

Regarding the issue of missing persons, it says ''we demand that the UN will act decisively towards the Turkish Cypriot side for the ascertainment of the fate of missing persons, many of whom come from our area''.

''We expect that the solution of the Cyprus problem will safeguard the peaceful coexistence of the Greek and Turkish Cypriots in a free Cyprus'', the petition adds.

It adds that the basic prerequisites for a just and viable solution of the Cyprus problem should include the withdrawal of occupation forces and settlers, the safeguard of the independence of Cyprus through international guarantees and the right of all refugees to return to their homes in conditions of safety and freedom.

The Lapithos and Karavas refugees headed by the mayors of the two towns, Athos Eleftheriou and Yianis Papaioannou, have handed over petitions to President Tassos Papadopoulos (through UnderSecretary to the President Christodoulos Pasiardis), House President Demetris Christofias and Greek Ambassador Christos Panagopoulos.

It says that the refugees from Lapithos and Karavas are determined to support in every way the efforts for a just and viable solution and they expect that Cyprus' accession to the EU will contribute towards the implementation of the freedom of movement and right to property and settlement throughout Cyprus.

CNA/AAR/GP/2003
ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY

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