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House plenary condemns 1983 Unilateral Declaration of Independence by Turkish Cypriots
2008-11-19 17:43:00

Nicosia, Nov 13 --- The House plenary condemned here today the unilateral declaration of independence (UDI) by the Turkish Cypriots, in November 1983, saying that the UN has also condemned it and called on all states not to recognize and not to facilitate the self-styled regime in Turkish occupied Cyprus.

“Turkey continues to seek an upgrade of the illegal regime in occupied Cyprus, claiming this would be a way out of the so-called isolation of the Turkish Cypriots,” Acting House President Christos Pourgourides said in his address to the House.

“We demand that Ankara reviews its intransigent stance and cooperates in efforts to find a mutually acceptable solution. We emphasize our opposition to partition and reiterate our determination to fight to lift the occupation and to reunite our country,” he added. He said the solution must secure human rights and the fundamental freedoms of the people of Cyprus.

The House observed a minute’s silence to honor the memory of the victims of an uprising against the Greek junta in November 1973, saying students at the Polytechnic, in Athens, rebelled against the just demanding “food, education and freedom.”

Mr. Pourgourides noted that although the uprising of the students was embraced by the Greek people, “unfortunately, the military junta was not toppled” at that time but it was overthrown days after the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus.

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