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The Cypriot House of Representatives convenes to condemn the Turkish invasion and the military coup of 1974
2011-07-15 08:54:27

The House of Representatives convened on Friday, July 15, to condemn the 1974 military coup which took place on July 15, 1974 and the Turkish invasion that followed five days later during a special plenary session attended by President Christofias.

President of the House of Representatives Yiannakis Omirou called on the MPs to observe one-minute`s silence in memory of the heroes and martyrs who were killed during the summer of 1974.

The session took place against the backdrop of the tragic events at naval base ‘Evaggelos Florakis” and began with an opening speech by Mr. Omirou, followed by speeches by leaders or representatives of political parties.

In his speech, Mr. Omirou referred to the tragic events stating that the 13 victims showed self sacrifice and adding that the tragedy is the result of a criminal and inexcusable negligence. "Responsibilities must be apportioned and taken", he said, adding that a full and objective investigation into the causes of the deadly incident must take place and must satisfy the people`s sense of justice.

With regards to the Cyprus problem, Mr. Omirou expressed the view that the United Nations Secretary General's statement after his meeting with the leaders of the two communities in Geneva on July 7, shows signs that there are efforts to change the agreed Cyprus procedure and to impose timeframes for finding a solution. The international community, Mr. Omirou stressed, should realize that the Greek Cypriot side will not accept any “arbitration in the sense of an International Conference, nor timeframes or blackmails.”

The Cyprus problem, he underlined, is nothing more than an issue of invasion and occupation of an independent state by Turkey and called upon all those who are interested in seeing a just and viable solution in Cyprus, to exert their pressure on the occupation power, which is Turkey.

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