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Spokesman: Turkish efforts to permanently divide Cyprus will fail
2005-11-15 12:23:48

Nicosia, Nov 15 (CNA) – Government Spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides believes that however hard Turkey and the Turkish Cypriot leadership try to perpetuate the island’s division, their efforts will not succeed.

Referring to today’s anniversary of the illegal UDI (unilateral declaration of independence) by the Turkish Cypriot regime, 22 years ago, the Spokesman said the Republic of Cyprus is the “only state on the island, has sovereignty over the entire territory but is prevented from exercising it in the northern part due to Turkey's occupation”.

“We seek our country’s reunification through a wisely structured federal constitutional system, to the benefit of Cypriots alone, not to the benefit of third powers such as Turkey,'' he said.

He said the 1983 UDI was another attempt to reinforce secessionist plans as Turkey and the Turkish Cypriot leadership at the time declared the creation of “state” aiming to permanently sever the country.

He said that this occurred at a time when a new UN initiative was about to start.

“The UDI was condemned by everybody, the UN, the Security Council, the then European Community, the Commonwealth, the Council of Europe and other organizations”, he recalled, and added ''however hard Turkey and the Turkish Cypriot leadership try to perpetuate secession and division, their efforts will not succeed.”

The Spokesman said that the occupation army is continually being strengthened and this was evident in a report by the Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute, based in Virginia, US, which talked about the stationing of 56 thousand Turkish troops on the island.

The Cyprus Defence Ministry estimates this number to be around 46 thousand.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied the island’s northern third.

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