Anniversary of second Turkish offensive against Cyprus
Nicosia, Aug 14 -- The launch of the second Turkish offensive against Cyprus, in the summer of 1974, marked the capture of Famagusta (photo) on the east, Morphou on the northwest and the Karpass peninsula, the island?s most eastern tip, that completed the destruction caused by the Turkish invasion of this small Mediterranean island 32 years ago.
Today, as the refugees from these areas remember, they reiterate their firm determination to return to their homes while the political leadership condemns the continuing occupation of the island?s northern part.
House of Representatives President Demetris Christofias has called on Turkey to relinquish its intransigent stance and start cooperating with a view at reaching a political settlement.
?The UN and the EU have to demand from Turkey to respect international law and order and behave as a candidate country, preparing to join the European family,? he said.
AKEL left-wing party, the main coalition partner sharing government with the centre-right Democratic Party (DIKO) and Socialist EDEK, called in a statement for the implementation of UN Security Council resolution 550 of 1984 which provides for the return of the town of Varosha (fenced area of Famagusta, deserted and under the control of the Turkish military) to its legitimate inhabitants.
It notes that the return of Varosha and the opening of the town?s port, as proposed by the government, could be a decisive step in the right direction towards a settlement.