NICOSIA - Russian Ambassador in Cyprus Stanislav Osadchiy has assured that his country will continue to support a settlement of the Cyprus problem.
Osadchiy received on Friday a delegation comprising representatives of Morphou Municipal Council and organizations, who handed over to him a resolution on the occasion of the 39th anniversary of the occupation of the town of Morphou by the Turkish troops, which invaded the island in 1974.
In their resolution, which was handed over to the embassies of the UN Security Council five permanent members, the representation of the European Commission in Cyprus and representatives of Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and House President Yiannakis Omirou, Morphou Municipality and organizations stressed that the United Nations and the European Union must exert pressure on Turkey to change its attitude and work towards a just solution to the Cyprus problem and the restoration of the basic Human Rights of all Cypriots.
The Municipal Council and the organizations stressed that Cyprus should remain an independent, single state with a single sovereignty and an international personality and territorial integrity and that the solution of the Cyprus problem must not give any country the right to intervene in the internal affairs of the State.
Cyprus should not be a hostage of Turkey or other foreign interests, they added, stressing that a solution should guarantee the withdrawal of all Turkish troops and settlers, the right of all refugees to return to their homes and properties in safety, the safeguarding of the three basic Freedoms, freedom of movement, settlement and the right to property, the ascertainment of the fate of all missing people and the restoration of the violated human rights of all the legitimate inhabitants of Cyprus.
As noted in the resolution, the occupied part of Cyprus has become a haven for corrupted and unscrupulous businessmen out to make a quick profit from the illegal "sale" of Greek Cypriot properties.
“The current situation is inadmissible, being an insult to the international legal order and a constant threat to the stability in the region,” the organizations added, noting that “even today, while we try to prepare ourselves and also create a suitable climate for a new round of talks, Turkey and the occupying troops create illegally a fait accompli on the territory in the Greek-Cypriot properties in Morphou and the broader region. This will certainly render difficult, if not impossible, a fair and viable solution”, they noted.
Noting that “the most recent development in the Cyprus problem concerns the threats of Turkey for undertaking military action against Cyprus, an answer to the hydrocarbon exploitation of Cyprus in its Exclusive Economic Zone ([EEZ])”, they described Turkey’s threats as completely unacceptable, adding that they constitute a challenge for both the United Nations and the European Union.
“Despite the stalemate following the collapse of various rounds of negotiations, the Greek-Cypriot side persists in finding a solution to the Cyprus problem via talks rather than the inadmissible statements by Mr. Eroğlu and the Turkish Prime Minister Mr. Erdoğan and the Turkish leadership. There is not much optimism left for the outcome of the talks, considering these intransigent, provocative position statements,” the resolution said.
In statements to the press, Cypriot MEP Antigoni Papadopoulou said that speaking in Greek, the Ambassador reiterated that Russia also stands by Cyprus and will make its outmost so that the Cyprus problem will be solved the soonest possible in a just way.
Papadopoulou noted that the Russian Ambassador told them that the Russian government would always support the struggle of the Greek Cypriots and considers it unfair that Morphou citizens remain for 39 years away from their town.
The Russian Ambassador recalled that he was working as a diplomat in Cyprus in 1974, and said that he very well knows what happened then and follows development very closely.
Papadopoulou also noted that Osadchiy told the delegation that his country has given its support to Cyprus at the UN Security Council and will continue to stand by Cyprus wherever and whenever required.
On his part, Morphou Mayor Charalambos Pittas said that "we want to send the clear message that despite of all the years that pass by we will continue to struggle for our inalienable right for the return of Morphou and the whole region."
He said that the international community and first of all the UN Security Council permanent members must not remain indifferent to the fact that Turkey has illegally given Turkish names to roads and sites in the occupied areas and has looted churches nor that it has destroyed cultural and religious monuments.
Repeated UN-led rounds of peace talks have so far failed to bring about a negotiated settlement that would reunite Cyprus . Talks are expected to resume between the two Cypriot communities in autumn.