CYPRUS STILL OCCUPIED: - PHILIP CHRISTOPHER PRESIDENT, PSEKA

 

The struggle of the Cypriot people for Freedom and Jusce which began July 20, 1974.

On July 20, 1974, Turkey invaded the Republic of Cyprus in violaon of the UN Charter and the Fundamental Principles of Internaonal Law. For 43, years, Cyprus and its people remain arficially divided by force.

37, % of the sovereign territory of the Republic of Cyprus is sll under illegal occupaon by Turkey with the presence of 40,000, heavily armed Turkish troops.

200,000 Greek Cypriots, who were forcibly expelled from the occupied northern part are sll deprived the right to return to their homes and properes.

1,020 persons are sll missing and the Turkish military refuses to cooperate in ascertaining their fate. Mass se2lers have been illegally transferred in the occupied areas with an express intenon to change the demographics.

500 Greek Orthodox churches have been destroyed and priceless archaeological icons and treasures have been sold in the black market. Usurpaon of Greek Cypriot properes connues through illegal construcon on Greek Cypriot land. A series of UN resoluons and other internaonal organizaons condemning the Turkish invasion and calling for the withdrawal of the occupied troops have been ignored by Turkey. We overseas Hellenes have spared neither effort, me nor money trying to assist the Greek Cypriot people in their just struggle for freedom. As we commemorate the 43rd anniversary of this tragic invasion, our prayers are with the families who lost loved ones during the invasion and with the families of the missing. Our journey which began July 20, 1974 connues and our desnaon remains the same! Although we have many obstacles and have experienced broken promises, our hope endures and the dream of returning to Kyrenia will never die!

 

L-R: Philip Christopher, Chairman Ed Royce, Reince Priebus, President Nicos Anastasiades, His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, Andy Manatos