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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 13 July 2019
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 13 JULY 2019 21 OPINION and we want Justice for Cyprus’ CONSTANTINOS PROCOPIOU It has been 45 long years since the Turkish invasion violated all human rights of the people of Cyprus. For 45 years the mothers and relatives of missing persons have been waiting to learn about their fate. Refugees are still waiting for their safe return, as the Security Council Resolutions directed and Turkey itself voted for it in 1974. The enclave are still suffering under the harsh rule of the invaders, refusing to abandon their beloved sacred soil. We hope that the two leaders will be able to agree on a just and lasting solution which will reunite the island in a way that all the people will be able to return to their homes and properties, their places of worship and enjoy all the benefits their full membership in the European Union, the Commonwealth and the United Nations provide. In a safe and secure environment, without foreign armies and constant fear of interventions and invasions. To be able to arrive at an agreement, however, the Turkish navy and the illegal invasion into the Cypriot Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) for the purpose of drilling for energy resources must come to an end and they must head back home; this is the only condition the president of the Republic of Cyprus, Mr Nikos ‘We shall never forget PHOTO: FACEBOOK Anastasiades, will agree to start negotiations. Not only are the Turkish demands directed against the Republic of Cyprus but they are also directed against Greece aiming at nullifying the EEZ of the Greek islands. It creates a very dangerous situation in the Eastern Mediterranean. We are fortunate that the in- ternational community, the free world, the European Union, all the permanent members of the Security Council (SC) and Australia recognise only one authority in Cyprus and they recognise its sovereignty, including its rights to exploit its energy resources. The Justice for Cyprus Coordinating Committees in all states in Australia continue their struggle, hoping that, with the help and participation of all the Greek and Greek Cypriot people in Australia, will convey the message to the Governments and Politicians in Australia we have not forgotten Cyprus and we will not allow any success of the foreign diplomacy and prop- Cyprus: 45 years is far too long to still be waiting for a solution STEVE GEORGANAS, MP In 1974, as we all know, the island of Cyprus was occupied – and 37 per cent of that island still remains occupied. Since then, a so-called state has been declared, but it has been recognised by only one nation in the entire world – and it just happens, ironically, to be the nation that invaded in 1974. There are still 1,619 people missing. These people are mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, sons and daughters. We have, in that 37 per cent of the island, homes where the owners have not been allowed to return. They are still not allowed to return, and 45 years is far too long to still be waiting for a so- lution. Many UN resolutions have been called for, basically having the same principle: respect for the human rights of all the people of the island. When you travel to Cyprus, it is an absolute tragedy to see the situation that exists over there. I have gone along the green line, the demilitarised zone, which divides the island. I have spoken with the Australian UN peacekeeping people that have been there over the years, including the Federal Police, who have made such a wonderful contribution to patrolling this zone since 1974. Australia can and should play a bigger and better role. Federal Member for Adelaide Steve Georganas. PHOTO: AAP IMAGE/MICK TSIKAS aganda which aims at a recognition of the pseudo state, the illegal "Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus". 2019 is a very critical year and our presence and participation to all the activities SEKA has organised, but especially the march against the Turkish invasion and continuing illegal occupation of Cy- prus, support and facilitate the efforts and negotiations for a just solution of the Cyprus issue. Let us all show WE SHALL NEVER FORGET and we want JUSTICE FOR CYPRUS. * Constantinos Procopiou is the President of the PanAustralian Justice for Cyprus Coordinating Committee (PASEKA) Protest and remember STELIOS ANGELODIMOU Unfortunately, we are called again, 45 years onward, to support the Executive Coordinating Committee for Justice for Cyprus and take part in events of protest and remembrance for justice of our Cyprus. We hope and wish this will be the last time. Our minds turn to the days of the hot summer of '74 when the boot of Attila shattered the quiet waters of the Republic of Cyprus and ripped our small nation in two. The tally? Hundreds of the dead, 900 to 1000 missing and thousands uprooted from their ancestral homes. Arrogant- ly, they took the route to home in our homeland. And the wrongdoing continues. Lately, Turkey has become all the more emboldened. Constantly intervening in our air space and calling for a share of the Cypriot continental shelf. It aggravates and endangers without any respect of international law. That is why I invite all. Cypriots and Greeks, united, to show our mass presence at the protest and remembrance events. They should gather at the rally at 12.30pm on Sunday to sensitize public opinion. I am sure that our memory has moved into our consciousness and the community does not forget and continues to struggle.
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