Greece will never become reconciled with the invasion of Cyprus by Turkey and demands from Turkey to withdraw the occupying forces from that territory , said the Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias .


“Today is the 42th anniversary of the Turkish invasion of Cyprus. It was proceeded with the continuing illegal Turkish occupation of more than a third of the territory of Cyprus, a country that is a member of the UN and the EU , ” said the statement. Kotzias expects that there will be a fairly strong , universally acceptable decision of the Cyprus issue based the UN resolutions.


As earlier reported, the Turkish troops invaded the north of Cyprus and occupied 37 percent of the territory on the night of July 20 to 21 of 1974. In 1983, the occupied territory was declared the Turkish Republic of the Northern Cyprus which is recognized only by Turkey. Since 1975, the UN Secretary General performs his Good offices mission in Cyprus, which aims to influence the Greek and Turkish communities of the island to  cooperate in the context of negotiations on the settlement of the Cyprus problem.