Greece: “Turkey's territorial mutilation of Cyprus is an ongoing drama"

20 July 1974- Black Day for Cyprus as Turkey begins their invasion greece

Greece's Foreign Ministry issued a statement on the 49th anniversary of the Turkish invasion of Cyprus.

“Today marks the 49th anniversary of the Turkish invasion of 20 July 1974, which caused the territorial mutilation of Cyprus and the ongoing drama of thousands of missing displaced, and stranded people,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

“Greece bows to the memory of its fallen brothers and sisters and expresses its respect and gratitude to all Cypriots and Greeks who bravely defended the Great Island.

"Almost half a century later, the Cyprus problem remains an international issue of illegal invasion and occupation, in violation of the fundamental principles of the United Nations Charter, as is the case with the ongoing year-and-a-half-long Russian invasion of Ukraine.

“For Greece, the resolution of the Cyprus issue is a top national priority. In coordination with the Republic of Cyprus, we are working systematically to create the conditions that will allow for a just, viable, functional, and mutually acceptable solution.

“A solution that takes into account Cyprus’ status as a member state of the European Union and frees it from the anachronistic system of guarantees and interventionist rights. A solution of a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation.

"No attempt to create a fait accompli on the ground will be accepted and there can be no discussion of a ‘two-state’ scenario. In the just struggle of the Cypriot Hellenism, Greece will always and consistently be a supporter and co-sponsor."

Today marks 49 years from the illegal Turkish invasion of Cyprus. Turkey's army continues to unlawfully occupy 36% of the territory of Cyprus preventing refugees from returning to their homes.

On July 20, 1974, at 5:20am, 40,000 Turkish troops landed and invaded northern Cyprus after last-minute talks in the Greek capital, Athens, failed to reach a solution.

The Turkish troops under the command of Lieutenant Nurettin Ersin implemented their invasion plan, code-named ‘Attila’, illegally invading the island in violation of the UN Security Council Charter.

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