The United Nations and the European Union must exert pressure upon 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 Cultural and Athletic Organisations of Morphou point out in a resolution for the 43rd anniversary since the Turkish invasion of Cyprus.
In the resolution, handed on Wednesday to the Presidential Palace, the House of Representatives, the Embassies of the United States, Russia, China and France, and will be handed later on to the British High Commission, and the Representation of the EU in Cyprus, the Morphou refugees note that “in our ongoing struggle and efforts for freedom and justice, your contribution in defending Cyprus’ sovereignty is of utmost importance.”
According to the resolution, the Cyprus government “remains fully committed to the UN-sponsored process to reach a sustainable and enduring settlement that would reunify Cyprus based on a bizonal, bicommunal federation, in accordance with relevant UN Security Council resolutions and in full respect of the human rights of all Cypriots.”
It added that it is “regrettable that Turkey has so far refused to show any spirit of good-will or compromise, on even the simplest issues, working instead to entrench division and separation.”
The resolution bemoaned last month’s collapse of talks to reunify the island and blamed Ankara’s unyielding demand to maintain the Treaty of Guarantees, rights of intervention and troops on the island.
“Beyond security and guarantees, the Turkish positions expressed in the rest of the chapters are not only far from the context of the secretary-general of the United Nations, but were such that in no case they could be accepted,” the resolution said, adding that Cyprus “should not be a hostage of Turkey or other foreign interests” and that all refugees must allowed to return to their homes.