Turkey told to get out of Cyprus

NICOSIA (AP) – Defense Minister Akis Tsochadzopoulos yesterday drew on the September 11 terrorist attacks in the USA to summon Turkey to prove its respect for international law and agree to a settlement of the problem of Cyprus, which has been divided between the Greek Cypriots and the Turkish-occupied north since 1974. Tsochadzopoulos, who attended the annual military parade marking the 41st anniversary of Cyprus’s independence from Britain, said the attacks make it imperative for Turkey to prove that it is bound by international law. .. by agreeing to a settlement of the Cyprus problem on the basis of law and UN Security Council resolutions. The coalition against terrorism must also tackle the roots causing the problem. A parallel effort must be made to eradicate cases of injustice, oppression and violations of human rights, particularly by one state against another, as in the case of the Turkish occupation of Cyprus, which is a perfect example, he said.

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