Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis concluded his two-day visit to Cyprus on Tuesday by visiting the Greek Military Force of Cyprus, ELDYK, as well as two military cemeteries.
“History, which is recorded in books and in memories, is alive and present and reminds us of our obligation to defend justice and not to be complacent,” the Prime Minister stated in his address to the members of ELDYK.
The Greek Premier also visited the “Imprisoned Graves,” a cemetery located in the central jail of Nicosia, where 13 EOKA fighters were interred during the 1955-1959 liberation struggle for the liberation of Cyprus from the British Empire.
Mitsotakis also visited the Tomb of Makedonitissa, where he laid a wreath in remembrance of the fallen.
Makedonitissa is the hallowed resting place for Greeks and Greek Cypriots who died during the armed struggles against the Turks in 1964 and 1974.
In statements made at the ELDYK camp in Malounda, Mitsotakis said “We live in a troubled era, with challenges to stability. Our message is explicit: No illegal behavior will be left without response. We choose peace and reconciliation, but we defend our sovereign rights, and we are not alone.
“We are supported by all EU member states, which have already sent a clear message that the challenge to sovereign rights of Cyprus and illegal drilling will bring repercussions and affect EU-Turkish relations negatively,” he declared.
”It’s not just Europe: Greece and Cyprus have strong allies in the area,” the Greek Premier added.
Mitsotakis reiterated his belief that illegal drilling for oil would “isolate and undermine Turkey.”
”My presence here marks the clear support Greece has for Cyprus’ absolute right to exploit the entirety of its energy resources within the Cyprus EEZ,” the Greek PM noted.
With information from AMNA