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Cypriot Australians call for withdrawal of Turkey from Cyprus
2005-07-18 16:44:52

Nicosia, Jul 18 (CNA) - Greek and Cypriot Australian Committees of Melbourne approved a resolution calling for a solution of the Cyprus problem that will provide for a single Cyprus state with one sovereignty and international personality, and the withdrawal of Turkish occupation troops and Turkish settlers.

The resolution was unanimously approved on Sunday after a march organised by the Justice for Cyprus Coordinating Committee on the occasion of the 31st anniversary of the Turkish invasion of Cyprus. The march ended at the steps of Victoria's Parliament where the resolution was approved.

In their resolution, which will be sent, among others, to the UN Secretary General, the President of the European Commission, the leadership in Cyprus and Greece, the Prime Minister of Australia and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, as well as the Premier of Victoria, the Greek and Cypriot Australians support the independence and territorial integrity guaranteed according to UN Security Council resolutions and within the framework of the EU.

They also demand the right of return of all refugees to their homes and properties and consider that the three basic freedoms are a necessary precondition to any future solution.

The resolution also calls on the international community to exercise its influence on Turkey for the preservation and maintenance of the Greek cultural and religious heritage of the occupied areas, and the ascertainment of the fate of the missing.

Furthermore it calls on the international community to respect the decision of the Greek Cypriot community to reject the Annan Plan and condemns the efforts of foreign powers to impose unacceptable terms for conducting direct trade with the occupied part of Cyprus which encourages division rather than reunification of the island, as well as the accelerated pillage of Greek Cypriot properties in the occupied areas.

The resolution notes it expects a more active involvement of the EU in efforts to solve the Cyprus problem and expresses support to the political leadership and people of Cyprus in their struggle for justice ''so that Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots can march together on the road to peace and progress within the EU.''

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