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Greek PM reaffirms Greece's support to Cyprus struggle
2005-07-20 14:50:21

by Christa Nicolaou

Athens, Jul 20 (CNA) -- Greek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis has reaffirmed Greece's commitment for a consistent, continued and decisive support to the struggle of the Cyprus people to remove the repercussions of the Turkish invasion and occupation of the island since July 20, 1974.

In a statement to condemn the 31st anniversary of the Turkish invasion of Cyprus, Karamanlis said Greece does not forget and pays tribute to the victims of the Cyprus tragedy, adding that everyone has the duty to contribute to achieve a just, functional, viable and European solution to the Cyprus problem.

He said the goal for the reunification of the island remains unchanged, so that all of its inhabitants, Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, benefit from the EU accession advantages.

''The 31st anniversary of the Turkish invasion of Cyprus is a day of memory and attribution of honour for the Greeks. It is an opportunity for reflection to plan our future action,'' he noted.

He said Cyprus' accession to the EU (1 May 2004) is a turning point to the path towards a final and definite vindication.

Karamanlis noted that ''with the same feeling of responsibility and duty we showed for the success of Cyprus accession course we must all contribute to find a just, functional, viable and European settlement of the Cyprus issue.''

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