Turkey launched an illegal invasion of Cyprus in 1974 and has since been occupying militarily 37% of the Republic of Cyprus’ territory, despite international condemnation and repeated calls from the United Nations Security Council to respect the Republic of Cyprus’ sovereignty and territorial integrity.
Furthermore, United Nations Security Council Resolutions 541 (1983) and 550 (1984) on Cyprus categorically and unequivocally condemn all secessionist actions in the occupied part of the island and declare these to be legally invalid. Moreover, they call upon all states “not to facilitate or in any way assist the […] secessionist entity”.
Unfortunately, and despite significant progress achieved during the past few years of negotiations under UN auspices, Turkey’s insistence, inter alia, on maintaining troops and the unilateral right of military intervention in Cyprus post-reunification, have not allowed the talks to come to fruition.
The President of the Republic of Cyprus has expressed his readiness to resume negotiations at any time, within the framework of the United Nations Secretary-General Good Offices Mission and the “six point framework” submitted by the UN Secretary-General in Crans Montana, Switzerland, provided that the Turkish side accepts it.
President Anastasiades remains determined to work for the reunification of Cyprus as a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation, with a single sovereignty, single citizenship and single international personality, in accordance with relevant Security Council resolutions, for the benefit of all Cypriots.
November 3, 2017