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Media Watch 2003

18 August 2003
Source: Cyprus News Agency
Comment: The following a report of the Cyprus News Agency of 18 August 2003.
Morphou refugees call for a united Cyprus

Nicosia, Aug 18 (CNA) – Morphou residents have called for the reunification of Cyprus, without any dividing lines or occupation troops, so that Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots can enjoy the advantages which accession to the European Union will bring.

Their position is included in a resolution approved by the Morphou Municipality on the 29th anniversary of the occupation of the town by Turkish troops.|

Morphou mayor Charalambos Pittas who was accompanied by the town’s municipality and three deputies handed the resolution today to Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos and the embassies of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council.

Pittas told Russian Ambassador Vladimir Pavlinov that the Cyprus problem should have been solved a long time ago and expressed the hope that justice will finally prevail and Cyprus will be reunited in line with UN resolutions.

He told CNA that in the resolution “we express our position that 29 years of Turkish invasion and occupation are unacceptable just as the current situation in Cyprus is unacceptable too”.

“We want to make it clear to all directions that the people of Morphou and residents of the wider Morphou area will not, under no circumstances, accept the fait accompli of the invasion,” he said.

In their resolution, the people of Morphou note that their “vision is to be able to live in a free island without any dividing lines or occupation troop and to enjoy the advantages of the EU together with our Turkish Cypriot compatriots”.

They asked the governments of the five permanent members of the Security Council “to exert pressure on Turkey and to work towards a just and viable solution to the Cyprus problem” which should guarantee a single sovereignty, territorial unity and integrity of the Republic of Cyprus, the withdrawal of all Turkish troops and settlers and the return of all refugees to their homes and properties.

The solution, the resolution added, should safeguard the three fundamental freedoms of movement, property and settlement, establish the fate of all missing persons and implement the 3rd Vienna agreement concerning the rights of enclaved Greek Cypriots living in occupied Cyprus."