Nicosia condemns the illegal UDI and calls for the continuation of the struggle to reunite Cyprus

Nicosia has once again condemned the Unilateral Declaration of Independence (UDI) which the Turkish Cypriots announced on 15 November 1983, through which they claimed to have established a self-styled regime, in Cyprus` northern Turkish occupied areas.

The government and the political leadership have reiterated their determination to continue the struggle for the reunification of the island.

On 15 November 1983, nine years after the Turkish invasion of the island,Turkey instigated and endorsed a “unilateral declaration of independence” in Cyprus` occupied areas announced by the Turkish Cypriot leadership. The United Nations Security Council with Resolutions 541 and 550 calls upon all States to respect the sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity, unity and non-alignment of the Republic of Cyprus. They also describe the UDI as “legally invalid.”

The illegal Turkish Cypriot regime in the occupied areas is recognized only by Turkey.

Political parties, student organisations and other associations and organised groups have issued announcements condemning the UDI.

Protests by students will take place under the umbrella of the Pancyprian Coordinating Students Committee (PSEM) and the Pancyprian Federation of Student Unions (POFEN).

Repeated rounds of UN-led peace talks have so far failed to lead to a negotiated settlement that would reunite Cyprus. The latest round of negotiations, in July this year, ended inconclusively due to unacceptable demands by both Turkey and the Turkish Cypriots to maintain Turkish military presence on the island and retain the right of intervention and the right of guarantee which Ankara secured through the 1960 treaties that established the Republic of Cyprus. The government of Cyprus points out that a European state needs neither guarantors nor Turkish military presence nor rights of intervention by third parties. Turkey, Greece and the UK are the three guarantor powers, according to these treaties.

source: CNA