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Theocharous prepared to set herself on fire for Cyprus-Greece union

Eleni Theocharous

MEP Eleni Theocharous is prepared to immolate herself in order to achieve Cyprus’ union with Greece, she told a gathering in Athens on Thursday.

“If setting oneself on fire at [Athens’] Syntagma Square is what it takes to push for a union of Cyprus and Greece, then I will strive to be the first to do it,” she said speaking at an informal function.

The function, held at an Athens bookstore, was titled “Cyprus faced with a new Annan plan.”

In her talk, Theocharous blasted the ongoing reunification talks, forecasting that with the proposed settlement Cyprus would turn into a “district of Turkey in less than a generation.”

This was why, she said, Greece cannot abdicate its rights as a guarantor power for Cyprus.

“Athens has a legal and moral responsibility toward one million Greeks,” she noted, referring to Greek Cypriots.

The MEP said also that the financing of a settlement would require steeping the island in more debt.

Earlier this month, Theocharous unveiled her ‘Solidarity Movement’, with the purpose of ‘saving the Republic of Cyprus’ and ‘restoring the rights of the Cypriot people’.

Theocharous, who left the DISY part last November citing a divergence of views on the handling of the Cyprus issue, rejects a bizonal, bicommunal federation.

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