Cypriot Parliament Leader Calls for Armenian Genocide Recognition
NICOSIA–The President of the Cypriot House of Representatives, Marios Garoyian, has called on the international community to recognize the Armenian Genocide, saying that Turkey, the perpetrator of this crime, can no longer go unpunished, reported the Famagusta Gazette.
“Today we turn our memory to the Armenian Genocide, a crime against humanity which is still unpunished, and we call once more on the international community to recognize this heinous crime,” Garoyian said in his address at a special church service to mark a religious celebration at the local Armenian church.
Garoyian said that the historical truth must be recorded and underscored that Turkey must bear the consequences of its actions. He described Ankara’s attempts to make peace with Armenia as “devious,” saying they “lack any shred of credibility.”
“These are moves and initiatives to deceive the Armenians and distort history and as such are rejected by the Armenian people,” he said.
The House President, an Armenian himself, said Armenians are also fighting for justice in Cyprus, their homeland, which has been divided since the 1974 Turkish invasion.
“We are striving for a just, functional and viable solution, and we call on the international community to deal with Turkey’s intransigence and boldness in a decisive manner so that Cyprus regains its freedom, democracy, justice and prosperity for all its legal citizens, whether they be Greek Cypriots, Turkish Cypriots, Maronites, Armenians or Latins,” he added.