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Cyprus condemns anniversary of illegal pseudostate
2006-11-16 11:33:28

Nicosia, Nov 15 – Political parties, students and civil societies have denounced the illegal UDI (unilateral declaration of independence) by the Turkish Cypriot regime, 23 years ago.

Cyprus government spokesman Christodoulos Pashiardis said the continuation of the illegal occupation of Cyprus' territory and the secessionist actions of Turkey and the Turkish Cypriot leadership, is ''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 spokesman pointed out, and reminded 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,'' he added.

"Turkey proved that the ultimate goal is the partition of the island and not a just and functional solution to the Cyprus problem,'' the spokesman also said and stressed: “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”

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