“We will never compromise with the consequences of the Turkish invasion,” Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias said on Monday in a statement on the 46th anniversary of the Turkish invasion of Cyprus on July 20, 1974, which led to the occupation of more than a third of the island.
“For forty-six years, Hellenism has been experiencing the drama of the missing people, the uprooting of thousands from their homes, the looting and destruction of the Greek and Orthodox heritage, the usurpation of Greek Cypriot property,” he said. “Forty-six years of violations of the United Nations Security Council resolutions by Turkey. Decisions that, among other things, call on all states to respect the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Republic of Cyprus and demand the withdrawal of the occupying troops from its territory.”
Dendias underlined that “today, Greece and Cyprus are facing an ever-increasing and expanding Turkish delinquency, which poses a serious threat to security and stability in the wider Eastern Mediterranean region.”
He added that Greece and Cyprus react to Turkish aggression and illegality with the adherence to international legality and international law.
The foreign minister also stated: “In continuous cooperation and close coordination, we work systematically to develop and deepen regional cooperation with the Eastern Mediterranean states, on the basis of mutual respect and the smooth exercise of our sovereign rights, as defined by international law and the Law of the Sea.”