Citizens from Turkish-occupied Kythrea tell UN SG they are determined to return home

Citizens from Turkish-occupied Kythrea and six surrounding villages addressed Friday a resolution to the UN Secretary General, declaring their determination to return to their homeland amid conditions of peace and security, and condemned the continuous breach of their human rights by Turkey.

The resolution was handed over to an UNFICYP official at the Mia Milia road block by a delegation of the Kythrea Municipality and the Coordinating Committee of the Wider Kythrea Region, on the occasion of the anniversary of the second phase of the 1974 Turkish invasion that led to the displacement of the people from the area.

In their resolution, people from Kythrea say they remain committed to a peaceful resolution of the Cyprus problem, in line with the principles of European and international law.

Turkey is continuously impeding a settlement in Cyprus, that is compatible with the basic principles of law, the resolution says, noting that Ankara is only interested in legitimizing the faits accomplis of the 1974 invasion.

“This has been amply demonstrated very recently, in Crans Montana” where Turkey refused to consent to the termination of anachronistic arrangements and insisted with their preservation in order to serve own strategic interests, it is added.

On the pretext of protecting the Turkish Cypriots, Ankara appeared unwilling to let Cyprus become a “normal state”, a term used by the Secretary-General himself during the Conference on Cyprus, the resolution notes.

People from Kythrea pledge finally to “continue dreaming about this ‘normal state’” despite the Turkish Foreign Minister’s calls to “wake up from this dream”. They conclude by saying that they will keep their fight for a “truly free and independent Cyprus”.

UN-peace talks at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana commenced on June 28. In the early hours of July 7 UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres announced that the Conference on Cyprus ended without an agreement.

The talks, held under the auspices of the UN, aim at reuniting Cyprus under a federal roof. The island remains divided since the 1974 Turkish invasion.

source: CNA