Acting House President Adamos Adamou expressed on Tuesday hope that 2016 will be the last year prior to a Cyprus settlement, wishing Morphou residents and all other refugees to be able to return to their homes soon.
Adamou received a delegation from the Turkish-occupied town, headed by city uncil, in Nicosia, to deliver a resolution condemning Turkey`s continued occupation of the island’s northern part.mayor Charalambos Pittas, that visited earlier the embassies of the five permanent members of the UN Security Co
August 16 marks the 42nd anniversary since the occupation of Morphou, in the northeastern part of Cyprus, by Turkish troops that invaded the island in 1974.
“We all wish that the Cyprus problem will be solved by next year, with a just, viable and functioning settlement that will give the right to all refugees, and in this case to the residents of Morphou, to return to their homes,” Adamou said.
He noted that he would forward the resolution to House President Demetris Syllouris and to all national parliaments Cyprus has ties with.
The Morphou delegation also presented a painting to the House, displaying Morphou patron Saint, St. Mamas, that will be placed in the meeting room of party leaders in the House, named after Morphou.
Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. UN-led talks between Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci have been underway since May 2015, aiming to reunify the island under a federal roof.
ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY