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Cyprus PIO: News Update in English, 03-07-24

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From: The Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office Server at <http://www.pio.gov.cy/>

  • [01]Thursday, 24 July 2003 Governor of New York proclaims July 20th as "Justice for Cyprus Day"

    [01] Governor of New York proclaims July 20th as "Justice for Cyprus Day"

    The Governor of New York Mr George Pataki has proclaimed the 20th of July as "Justice for Cyprus Day" during a ceremony in Manhattan last Sunday (20th July 2003), in the presence of the Archbishop of America, Demetrios, the Consul Generals of Greece and Cyprus and many members of the Greek- American community. In his speech, Mr Pataki condemned the invasion of Cyprus and said that justice for Cyprus means enabling people not just to travel across the green line but to return and live in their ancestral homes and have their properties restored. Mr Paraki expressed the hope that he may experience the day when as Governor he would issue a proclamation, not calling for justice for Cyprus, but celebrating the prevalence of justice in Cyprus. The State of New York Executive Chamber proclamation reads as follows: "Whereas the Republic of Cyprus remains one of the last major unresolved areas of foreign occupation in Europe; beginning on July 20 1974, events unfolded that were profoundly tragic for the people of the Republic of Cyprus when the island was invaded by Turkish Armed Forces, documented as one of the most egregious military invasions of the 20th century; and Whereas, this act of aggression and the subsequent colonization by Turkey resulted in the loss of 37 percent of the Cypriot ancestral land, the forced expulsion of 200,000 Greek Cypriots from their northern homes, the destruction of historical monuments and places of worship which stand as testaments to the 10,000 year old Cypriot civilization; moreover nearly 1,5000 Greek Cypriots disappeared and hundreds of others were relegated to enclaves where they continue to endure discrimination and other hardships; and Whereas, after more than a quarter of a century, the time has come for a solution to the problem in the Republic of Cyprus based on all the relevant resolutions adopted by the United Nations; the sense of injustice in this matter has continuously shown the attention of the world-wide community; landmark decision made on May 10, 2001 by the European Court of Human Rights stated than fourteen violations of human rights had been perpetrated by Turkey in Cyprus; in addition on June 11, 2001, the UN Security Council reiterated the parameters of a settlement based on UNSC Resolution 1251 which calls for the withdrawal of all foreign forces from the island, the return of the refugees to their homes, respect for the sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity and the unity of the Republic of Cyprus and; Whereas, the legacy of liberty that inspired America's founders continues to forge a bond of goodwill and friendship among people worldwide, and guides our State, Nation and the course of Western civilization; in light of its recognition by the international community and status as a member of the European Union and in acknowledgement of the recent advances made earlier this year towards an equitable resolution, Greek Cypriot Americans have greater hopes for the emergence of a more just and humane future and the prevalence of the rule of law in the Republic of Cyprus ;and Whereas, our State is fortunate to be home to one of the Nation's largest population of Greek Americans who trace their roots to Cyprus, a beautiful island nation rich in history, tradition and Culture that has endured the burden of a hostile occupation for the past 29 years; it is fitting to recognize the noble cause of the Cypriot and Greek American Communities in their collective call for peace, justice and a return to the Republic's former glory and grandeur; Now, Therefore, I George E. Pataki, Governor of the State of New York, do hereby proclaim July 20, 2003, as Justice for Cyprus Day"

    From the Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office (PIO) Server at http://www.pio.gov.cy/


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