The first four volumes of the ‘Cyprus File’ were delivered by the Greek Parliament to President Prokopis Pavlopoulos and Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Wednesday.
The file was handed over to the two officials by Parliament speaker Nikos Voutsis. The documents contain the findings of a Greek parliamentary investigation into the 1974 Greek army coup attempt in Cyprus and the subsequent Turkish invasion.
“The publication of the contents of the Cyprus File satisfies the universal request of the citizens of Greece and Cyprus, but also the political world of the two countries, for immediate and unhindered access to historical truth,” stated an official announcement issued by the Greek Parliament. “It ties the political and ethical loose ends regarding what was tragically done in Cyprus in 1974: the coup and the Turkish invasion, which caused a new severe national catastrophe, the painful consequences of which Cyprus continues to experience today.”
The file, that contains the accounts of 81 eyewitnesses, was compiled in October 1988, and was made available today, 30 years after its completion. The first four volumes — out of the total 33 — are 600 pages each and consist of the findings of the Greek and Cypriot parliament as well as the testimonies of the first 11 witnesses.
The president of the parliament stressed the importance of the file being made public, saying that it will restore historic memory on the tragic events of 1974.
Pavlopoulos congratulated the parliaments of the two countries, saying that the ‘Cyprus File’ will help citizens understand better the national trauma for Greece and Cyprus, a “wound that remains unhealed.”
“The public should be given access to all documents regarding misguided operations over national matters,” Pavlopoulos said, “so that people can assess the historical responsibilities of those who acted as their leaders.”