An event condemning the Turkish invasion in Syria took place on Saturday, October 12, 2019, organized by the Cyprus Peace Council, at Ledras Square. At the end of the event, a delegation delivered a resolution to UN representative in Cyprus. The delegation consisted of Stelios Sofocles, President of the Cyprus Peace Council, Fanis Christodoulou, Secretary General of the Cyprus Peace Council, Thanassis Pafilis, Secretary General of the World Peace Council, and Iacovos Tofaris, President of the World Federation of Democradic Youths.
RESOLUTION DENOUNCING TURKEY’S MILITARY ATTACKS ON SYRIA
To: Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. Antonio Guterres
We Cypriots, both Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, and other peace-loving inhabitants of Cyprus, who responded today to the call issued by the Cyprus Peace Council on 12th October 2019 in Nicosia declare the following:
We denounce in the strongest possible terms the air and land raids launched by Turkey again against Syria, in the northeast region which is mainly populated by the Kurdish population and displaced persons of the war against Islamists.
We denounce this action as a crime committed against the Syrian people and constituting a flagrant violation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria, an intervention in the internal affairs of the Syrian state and of its national rights. These military attacks violate international and humanitarian law and the Constitutional Charter of the UN.
We cannot stand idle when civilians are once again being slaughtered for the sake of the control and reshaping of territories, energy resources and natural wealth. We urge the UN, as the head of the international community, to act immediately to put an end to this attack.
We demand the termination of this ongoing attack on the Syrian people, which has been going on for more than eight years. The people of Syria are bleeding constantly and we will now witness new waves of refugees. We denounce the Turkish Prime Minister for attempting to use refugees as a threat to the EU.
This new attack is exacerbating the already volatile situation throughout the Middle East and gives the opportunity to the sinister extremist terrorist organizations, including the murderous “Islamic State”, to regroup their forces, at a time when it had been defeated.
We reiterate our condemnation of the recognition by the US of sovereignty of the State of Israel over the occupied Syrian territories in the Golan Heights, which represents a part of the attack launched against Syria.
We demand that the use of Cyprus as an aggressive launching pad for waging military attacks in our region must be stopped. The transformation of the British bases into launching pads for military raids cannot continue. Their existence and use has proven to be criminal for the peoples of the region, given that forces spreading death in our neighborhood launch their attacks from them. We also demand that the infrastructures of the Republic of Cyprus must not be used for waging any military operation.
The long-standing position of the Cyprus Peace Council is for the dissolution of the British bases in the territory of the Republic of Cyprus. We demand respect for our people’s peace-loving sentiments, respect for our territorial integrity and sovereignty, and respect for our people’s desire for peace with justice both in Cyprus and in the world.
We call on the International Community to act immediately so that the Syrian problem is resolved by political and peaceful means, in accordance with the will of the Syrian people. We demand respect for international law and the UN Constitutional Charter.
We urge you to defend the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Syria and the right of the Syrian people to decide their own future without interferences and raise their children in peace.
You will have us all and all the peace-loving people of the world on your side.
NO TO WAR – YES TO PEACE!
SOLIDARITY WITH THE SYRIAN PEOPLE!
CYPRUS – A BRIDGE OF PEACE FOR THE PEOPLES
Nicosia, October 12, 2019
CYPRUS COUNCIL OF PEACE