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Cyprus FM says pseudostate obstacle to Cyprus' reunification
2006-11-15 09:35:43

Nicosia, Nov 15 -- Cyprus Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Government Spokesman Christodoulos Pashiardis condemned the illegal declaration of the secessionist entity in the Turkish occupied since 1974 areas of the Republic of Cyprus on November 15, 1983.

In a press release issued today, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs describes the continuation of the illegal occupation of Cyprus' territory and the secessionist actions of Turkey and the Turkish Cypriot leadership, as ''a serious obstacle in the efforts for the reunification of Cyprus.''

''Twenty-three years after the illegal unilateral declaration of the secessionist entity in the area of the Republic of Cyprus occupied by Turkey, the occupying power still refuses to conform with and flagrantly violates resolutions 541(1983) and 550(1984) of the United Nations Security Council with which the international community condemned the declaration of the pseudostate as legally invalid and called for its revocation,'' the Ministry points out, reminding that no country other than Turkey has recognised the pseudostate.

''However, the continuation of the illegal occupation of our territory and the secessionist actions of Turkey and the Turkish Cypriot leadership, in violation of the mandates of the international community, as well as the intensified efforts to upgrade the secessionist entity, remain a serious obstacle in the efforts for the reunification of Cyprus,'' the press release adds.

According to the Ministry, Turkey ''proved that the ultimate goal is the partition of the island and not a just and functional solution to the Cyprus problem.''

''In practice, the occupying power and the Turkish Cypriot leadership deliberately and in line with their long-standing policy to partition the island, continuously distance themselves from the prescribed framework of the solution of the Cyprus problem set by the United Nations, and provocatively ignore the relevant decisions of the international community,'' it says.

Stressing that its efforts are premised on International Law, the Charter of the UN and its Resolutions on Cyprus, as well as on the principles on which the European Union is founded, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs says that ''we pursue the reunification of our people, the country, the economy, the society and the institutions within the framework of a bizonal, bicommunal federation, as per our commitment to the High Level Agreements of 1977 and 1979 which constituted the basis for a solution in the United Nations framework.''

''We aim to protect the fundamental rights and the basic freedoms of all Cypriots, as provided in the relevant decisions of the European Court of Human Rights,'' it notes.

''We aim at a solution that will be the outcome of an agreement and not of arbitration, a functional solution that will withstand the test of time. We remain committed to a solution that will safeguard the sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence of the Republic of Cyprus, without foreign trusteeships. A solution that will guarantee the interests and rights of all Cypriots, the withdrawal of the settlers and the occupation forces, and will respect the principles and values of the EU, of which we are today a full member,'' it concludes.

In a statement after today's Council of Ministers meeting, Pashiardis said that ''the Cypriot government once more condemns the secessionist act of 1983, which the UN Security Council itself considers as legally invalid and politically inadmissible,'' condemning the illegal visit of Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdullah Gul to the occupied areas, even if his presence does not grant any legality or validity whatsoever to the pseudostate.

''At a time when the Turkish side focuses its efforts not on the solution of the Cyprus problem but on the political upgrading of the pseudostate, our side will continue to seek the true reunification of the people, the country, within a functional, viable and mutually accepted solution,'' Pashiardis concluded.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. The Turkish Cypriot unilateral declaration of independence was declared ''legally invalid'' by UN Security Council resolution 541 of November 1983, which called on all states not to recognise the self-styled regime and not to facilitate it in any way.

Only Turkey recognises the Turkish Cypriot puppet regime.

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