A resolution condemning the continued occupation by Turkey of Kyrenia was handed to the Speaker of the House and embassies on Monday, calling for an end of the occupation and the return of Kyrenia residents to their homes.
The elected mayors of Kyrenia, Lapithos and Karavas, the President of the Union of Kyrenia district Communities and the Presidents of the Refugee Associations of Lapithos, Karavas and the Kyrenia District Women’s Association took part in calling at the embassies of Britain, the US, China and Greece.
In remarks after his meeting with the delegation, House Speaker Demetris Syllouris said that cooperation and understanding on a practical level was crucial in promoting the issues of principle regarding the Cyprus issue.
The resolution stated: “We condemn: The continuous illegal occupation as well as any action attempting to legitimise the results of this military aggression, (often called “present realities”) the stealing, trespassing and illegal usage of property, the restriction or obstruction of our freedom of movement and religious observance. The rigorous attempt to change the demographic consistency of Kyrenia district and occupied Cyprus in general.”
In addressing the foreign embassies, it added: “We request your invaluable assistance in order to return in safety to our properties in the district of Kyrenia as this is the strongest, legitimate and by far, most effective, of all confidence-building measures and the unobstructed, unbiased, timely, accurate and scientifically complete, investigation/discovery of the burial place and indeed the faith and circumstances of their loss, of each and every one of our beloved missing persons. And the safe and unobstructed maintenance recovery-work and religious service on our churches, cemeteries and general cultural heritage areas, in our district without inhuman, illogical and illegal prohibition of work by ourselves and our own expertise and workforce.” (CNA)