The current situation in Cyprus is unacceptable and we cannot come to terms with it, House Speaker says
We do not come to terms with the occupation of our homeland and we cannot accept this improper situation, House Speaker Annita Demetriou said Sunday, delivering a speech at the memorial service for EOKA hero Fotis Pittas.
She said that “we cannot remain inactive before the expansionist Turkish plans and the two-state solution that Ankara promotes”, adding that “we will keep on fighting to reunite Cyprus and to have a just and sustainable solution, based on the principles and values of the EU, on the resolutions of the United Nations Security Council and on the respect of the human rights of all the residents of the island”.
House Speaker noted that despite the Turkish intransigence we cannot give up our goal and pledged that we must keep showing unity and consensus in order to reach this goal.
Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. Repeated rounds of UN-led peace talks have so far failed to yield results. The latest round of negotiations, in July 2017 at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana ended inconclusively.