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President receives ‘Cyprus File’

House president Demetris Syllouris hands over the Cyprus File to President Anastasiades on Thursday

The findings of an inquiry into the events before and after 1974, when president Makarios was overthrown by a coup followed by the Turkish invasion, will contribute to knowledge and reflection, driving home the message that discord leads to tragic results, President Nicos Anastasiades said on Thursday.

Anastasiades was presented with the first four volumes of the ‘Cyprus File’ which contains the findings of Greek and Cypriot parliamentary inquiries into the events that led to the island’s division.

Handing over the volumes, House President Demetris Syllouris said the publication laid to rest the suspicion that certain aspects of the tragedy were kept hidden from the people.

Anastasiades expressed satisfaction that presentation of such an important chapter on the history of Cyprus was made possible.

“I believe the Cyprus File, recording the events, will contribute to self-questioning and especially the important message that every time discord prevailed the results were equally tragic; the Cyprus tragedy, the Asia Minor tragedy, and so many other tragedies suffered by Hellenism as a result of division or the criminal actions of certain people for whatever purpose they served.”

“I wish and believe it will be a foundation of knowledge and for future actions,” the president said.

The first tome includes the findings of the two inquiries while the second one contains the proceedings in the Greek parliament. The third and fourth volumes are the first 10 key unedited testimonies

Compiling the files, consisting of official accounts and the testimonies of 81 eyewitnesses, was completed in October 1988, and was made available on the parliament’s website Thursday after a 30-year wait.

The first four volumes out of the total 33 are 600 pages each.

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