Sunday, November 15, 2020

AKEL condemns Erdogan's provocative visit to occupied Cyprus

In a statement concerning the provocative visit of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in the occupied territories of Cyprus and especially to the abandoned city of Famagusta, the Press Office of the Progressive Party of Working People (AKEL) points out:

"AKEL unequivocally condemns the provocative visit of Tayyip Erdogan to the occupied territories, the celebrations for the 37th anniversary of the proclamation of the so-called “TRNC” and the “picnic” planned tomorrow within the fenced off city of Famagusta.

Erdogan’s inflammatory statements in favor of a two-state solution that were made beforehand and his announcements on Varosha constitute a disregard for international law, the Resolutions of the United Nations and torpedo any attempt to find a solution to the Cyprus problem. It is no coincidence that these statements and actions by the Turkish side are being made at a time when the UN Secretary General is exploring the possibility of undertaking a new effort on the Cyprus problem.

The government has nothing to propose to the moves of the Erdogan-Tatar duo. For a long time now, it has been following them indifferently instead in a convincing and clear way taking initiatives for a resumption of the talks as indicated by the UN Secretary General and the UN Resolutions. However, there is no more time left."