President of the House of Representatives condemns Turkish PM's comments on tragic anniversary of Turkish invasion
House President Yiannakis Omirou has said it is time for a change in the strategy Cyprus is implementing with regards to the efforts aimed at finding a solution to the Cyprus problem, adding that statements by Turkey’s Prime Minister while on an illegal visit to Cyprus’ occupied areas, cause disillusionment and should be reported to the UN.
Mr. Omirou made these comments in statements to the press following a service held in memory of the officers and soldiers killed during Turkey’s 1974 invasion, at the Memorial Makedonitissa Tomb, in Nicosia.
Mr. Omirou stressed that “37 years after the events, our primary duty is to honor the heroes and martyrs of our people’s resistance to the treacherous coup and the Turkish invasion”, adding that today is a day of national reflection which should mark the launch of an effective strategy aimed at containing Turkish expansionism and paving the path for a democratic, just and viable solution to the Cyprus problem.
Mr. Erdogan’s statements on Cyprus cause everybody’s disillusionment, Mr. Omirou underlined.
The President of the House of Representatives referred to the “provocative, brass and audacious” statements made by the Turkish Prime Minister, who had, among other things, stated that "the occupied towns of Morphou and Varosha will not be returned and that Greek Cypriot refugees should forsake returning to their lands", currently under occupation.
"These statements", Mr. Omirou noted, "should send the message to everyone that the time has come to take our responsibilities, change our strategy and denounce Turkey’s behavior to the UN."