Turkey does not get away anymore with illegal behavior against Greece and Cyprus, Prime Minister Mitsotakis says, CNA - Apostolos Zoupaniotis - USA/New York 01/10/2020
The 60th anniversary of the independence of the Republic of Cyprus gives us the chance to reconfirm our commitment to a united, free and independent Cyprus, worthy of the struggles of its heroes and able to guarantee the future of its children. This is the commitment of Greece as well as his personal commitment, said Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, in a written message to the webinar organized by the International Committee “Justice for Cyprus” (PSEKA), in celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the independence of the Republic of Cyprus.
The message was read by the Ambassador of Greece to the United States Alexandra Papadopoulou.
The Greek Prime Minister paid tribute to the struggle of Cypriot patriots for freedom and independence in all these 60 years. Unfortunately, he continued, "this independence has been deeply wounded by the Turkish invasion. The ongoing Turkish occupation and the division of Cyprus are a constant open sore for our entire nation. It’s a flagrant violation of the international law and goes against any notion of peaceful coexistence.”
Prime Minister Mitsotakis underlined that Greece supports with its entire means, a mutually agreed and fair sustainable solution to the Cyprus issue, according to the U.N. resolutions and the EU acquis and he called Greece and Cyprus the basic axis of stability in the Eastern Mediterranean.
“Together we have built relationships of trust with all the reliable stakeholders of our region, with a focus on security and energy cooperation. Our stabilizing role has been recognized by our partners. The visits of Secretary Pompeo in Greece and Cyprus send a clear message to every direction”, Mitsotakis said.
Prime Minister Mitsotakis noted that at the other end of constructive activity by Greece and Cyprus lies the Turkish behavior, which puts in question the sovereign rights of Greece and Cyprus.
“However, he added, Turkey does not get away with all its illegal behavior anymore. Greece and Cyprus are facing together the existing challenges and I am certain that our efforts will bear fruits in the near future”, the Greek Prime Minister said.