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Cyprus President: we are committed to the rule of law
2006-02-16 10:57:46

Nicosia, Feb 15 – Cyprus must prove constantly that it is committed to the rule of law and implements it for those living permanently on the island, in good faith, since this is what it demands for itself.

This is what Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos has said in reference to the return of Turkish Cypriot Arif Mustafa to his property in Limassol, which is in the free area of the Republic. Regarding the concern of Greek Cypriots refugees that they will become refugees for a second time after the Turkish invasion, President Papadopoulos said that “no panic is justified”.

Mr.Papadopoulos also said that the issue will be discussed during the next meeting of the National Council on Friday.

The President noted that he disagrees with the term “refugees for a second time”, reminding that the whole issue begins from an illegal and unjust act, which is the Turkish invasion of 1974 and the on-going occupation of the island.

''Therefore we cannot expect full justice. You cannot heal an illegally imposed injustice. We are seeking the best possible solution to satisfy the feeling of justice of our people, the needs of the displaced, but also to implement the rule of law”, the President said.

He then stressed: ''An injustice is an injustice, usurpation of our properties is illegal and unacceptable, whether it is committed by one third or a bigger extent”.

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