Speaking at the General Assembly of the United Nations yesterday (1 October), Archbishop Makarios called for the withdrawal of Turkish and other foreign troops from Cyprus and rejected any idea of federation in the strife-torn island.
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GTV Makarios speaks
"As a result of the Turkish invasion, Cyprus, a flourishing and happy island, had been turned into a place of ruins, tears and death. The Turkish invasion forces have occupied almost 40 per cent of the territory of Cyprus and have uprooted from their homes over 200,000 people, constituting one third of their population of the country, who, having been forced to abandon their lands, were turned into refugees living in appalling conditions. The word has witnessed the ruthless showering of napalm bombs on undefended towns and villages, indiscriminately killing civilian population in a fury of destruction. Even hospitals, churches, priceless ancient monuments were attacked and turned into ashes. Murdering in cold blood, raping, looting and plunder were the daily practice during the advance of the Turkish troops."
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Background: Speaking at the General Assembly of the United Nations yesterday (1 October), Archbishop Makarios called for the withdrawal of Turkish and other foreign troops from Cyprus and rejected any idea of federation in the strife-torn island.
The Archbishop, who was deposed as President of Cyprus in a coup, is still recognised at the UN as the President of Cyprus.
He urged the world body to step in decisively and effectively to safeguard Cypriot territorial integrity and unity.
It was inconceivable that the United Nations, which represents the conscience of humanity, should tolerate an aggressor to apply the rule of the jungle and to create by brutal force faits accomplis, he said.
He spoke of the sufferings of about 200,000 people made homeless by the war and now living as refugees in appalling conditions. He also accused Turkish soldiers for murder, rape, looting and plundering.