Greece Hands Over Classified ‘Cyprus File’ to Cypriot Parliament

The Greek parliament handed over to Cyprus the findings of an inquiry into the 1974 coup to overthrow president Makarios and the ensuing Turkish invasion.

The classified archives, known as the Cyprus File, were handed over by Greek House president Nikos Voutsis to the Cypriot parliament during a special session on Friday.

Voutsis promised that the material, some of which is classified as “confidential” and “top secret,” will be eventually declassified and published “within a reasonable period of time.”

The Greek parliament unanimously approved the handover on Tuesday afternoon.

Speaking in parliament, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said the decision was not related to recent developments in the talks and had been taken a long time ago.

He said it was an “unfulfilled debt” towards the people of Cyprus and a tribute to all those who fought and sacrificed their lives during the 1974 coup against Archbishop Makarios and the subsequent Turkish invasion and occupation of part of the island’s territory.

“Twenty-nine years after the Inquiry and 43 years after the invasion, the Hellenic Parliament will provide the full range of these documents to the Cypriot House in order to open… an issue that concerns mostly the Cypriot people and about which the Cypriot people are entitled to know,” Tsipras said.

The information, known as the Cyprus File, can be found in the archives of the Greek parliament, but despite repeated requests it had refused to hand it over until now.

The committee which carried out the inquiry was put together in 1986 following the unanimous decision of the Greek parliament.

It delivered its findings some two years later, in October 1988. The inquiry heard testimonies from 86 witnesses and the minutes of its sessions span close to 21,000 pages. Attached to the minutes are documents from various departments.