CRUELTY: AKEL submitted a memorandum to the United Nations

AKEL delegation led by the General Secretary of K.E. of the Party, Stefanos Stefanou went to the Deryneia roadblock and submitted a memorandum to the United Nations

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Today, August 14, marks 49 years since the start of the second phase of the Turkish invasion of 1974.

AKEL delegation led by the General Secretary of K.E. of the Party, Stefanos Stefanou went to the Deryneia roadblock and submitted the following memorandum to the United Nations:

1. We condemn the continued occupation and division of our homeland imposed by force of arms by Turkey in July and August 1974, which took over from the fascist coup of the Junta and EOKA II against President Makarios. Turkey's invasion of Cyprus and its continued occupation of 37% of its territory had and has no basis either in international law or in the Treaty of Guarantee of 1960 which did not grant the right of military intervention to the guarantor forces since such a thing directly contradicts the UN Charter. The developments confirmed that Turkey never had the goal of restoring the constitutional order in Cyprus, nor the protection of the Turkish Cypriots, but the partition of Cyprus.

2. We denounce the fact that Turkey refuses to this day to comply with UN Security Council Resolutions 550 and 789 on Famagusta, which provide for the return of legal residents under UN interim administration before a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem . On the contrary, the occupying power, disregarding the relevant Resolutions and the repeated appeals of the international community, is proceeding with a gradual "opening" of the enclosed city of Famagusta with the aim of illegally colonizing the fenced area and/or returning the legal residents of the area under military conditions. possession. We call on the UN to act to convince Turkey to end and reverse its illegal actions in the besieged city of Famagusta and to comply with the relevant UN Resolutions.

3. We point out that a large part of the international community shows an unrecognizable tolerance for the illegal actions of the occupying power in Cyprus and, following a blatant practice of two standards and two stations, is proceeding with the geopolitical upgrading of Turkey.

4. We insist in every direction that the divisive and occupying status quo is unacceptable and dangerous for all the Cypriot people, Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, and is a permanent source of tension and militarization in the wider region. On the contrary, the solution of the Cyprus issue on the agreed basis and framework can guarantee a future of peace and security for all Cypriots, contribute decisively to regional cooperation in the Eastern Mediterranean and also to the improvement of Greek-Turkish relations.

5. We categorically reject the division of our homeland either through the perpetuation of the status quo, or through dichotomous/federal solutions, such as the claims of Turkey and the Turkish Cypriot leadership for a two-state solution or recognition of "sovereign equality" and "equal international regime". We call on Turkey and the Turkish Cypriot leadership to abandon the policy of partition and work together for a solution to the Cypriot conflict, reuniting the island, based on UN parameters. We call on the UN to reject and denounce any attempt to subvert the basis of the Cyprus solution as determined by the relevant Resolutions of the Organization.

6. We emphasize that our goal is the peaceful resolution of the Cyprus issue, which will provide for the rapid withdrawal of all occupying troops, the immediate abolition of the Treaty of Guarantee and any unilateral intervention rights, the end of illegal settlement, the reunification of the land and the people us, as well as the restoration and protection of the human rights and fundamental freedoms of all Cypriots. We adhere to the agreed upon solution basis of a bi-communal, bi-zonal federation with political equality, as described in the relevant United Nations resolutions, which provides for one state, with a single sovereignty, a single international personality and a single citizenship.

7. We call for the immediate resumption of the talks on the Cyprus issue, under the auspices of the UN, from the point where they were interrupted at the Crans Montana Conference in 2017, on the basis of the Framework of the UN Secretary General, the implementation mechanism of the solution - which abrogates the Treaty Guarantee and any invasive rights- and of all the convergences that had been achieved during the negotiations until the end of the Conference. We ask the Secretary General of the UN to move in this exact direction in order to revive the peace process in the Cyprus conflict.