|Written statement by the Government Spokesman
Mr Nikos Christodoulides
Thirty one years are completed today from the day that Turkey and the Turkish Cypriot leadership proceeded to the illegal unilateral declaration of the pseudo-state, in the framework of their policy to make permanent and to legitimize the faits accomplis of the illegal Turkish invasion and occupation, and for the division of Cyprus.
The international community reacted in a condemnatory manner and with clarity. Through a series of resolutions, including resolutions 541 (1983) and 550 (1984), the UN Security Council condemned the illegal unilateral declaration, characterizing it as legally invalid and calling upon all states not to recognize the pseudo-state and not to facilitate or in any way assist the secessionist entity.
The declaration of the pseudo-state was condemned and is still being condemned today, since a lawful outcome cannot be produced as a result of an illegal act such as the use of military force. Despite the passing of more than three decades, we continue our struggle on the basis of international law and of European law and principles, aiming at the reunification of Cyprus, its economy and its people, on the basis of a bi-zonal bi-communal federation, with one single sovereignty, one single citizenship and one single international personality, with political equality as defined in the relevant UN resolutions.
Unfortunately, the talks between the two communities, under the auspices of the UN Secretary General, have been suspended because of, once again, the provocative and illegal conduct of Turkey, through the unacceptable violations of the sovereign rights of the Republic of Cyprus in its Exclusive Economic Zone.
The provocative actions of Turkey within the EEZ of the Republic of Cyprus, instead of its expected tangible support for the efforts to reach a solution to the Cyprus problem and positive response for the proposed confidence building measures, demonstrate the lack of substantial political will on the part of the Turkish side.
We rule out and we condemn any form of partition, and we underline that only the termination of the occupation and the reunification of Cyprus and its people will bring about growth, prosperity and conditions of peace and security for our homeland and for the broader region of the Eastern Mediterranean.
With determination, and on the basis of the values and principles of the United Nations and the European Union, and by making the best use of international alliances, the Government will continue to defend the sovereign rights of the Republic of Cyprus emanating from the international law.
At the same time, we reiterate our commitment to participate in a substantive dialogue, away from threats and intimidations, aiming at reaching a viable, functional and lasting solution to the Cyprus problem. In this framework, we will continue our struggle against the faits accomplis of the Turkish invasion and occupation with consistency and steadfastness.