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Defence Minister: Turkish occupation needs to be terminated

Defence Minister Savvas Angelides

The Turkish occupation of Cyprus must be terminated, Defence Minister Savvas Angelides stressed on Saturday adding that a settlement of the Cyprus problem must be functional and viable.

There must be no foreign troops and barbed-wire which divide the country, but a united country in which all of its legal inhabitants live in harmony, in a secure, peaceful and democratic environment, he added.

Angelides was speaking on behalf of President Nicos Anastasiades during the memorial service for National Guard Chief Lieutenant General Evangelos and other four army officers killed on July 10, 2002 near Paphos when their helicopter crashed.

Angelides said that “we have to continue their struggle and their dedication to Cyprus”, a country which is an EU member state, however 37 per cent of its territory remains under occupation, in violation of the international law principles and human rights principles, something which constitutes the greatest historic and political paradox in Europe”.

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