TRNC News 17.8.2016 former Greek PM Marcoullis apologises for atrocities
Former Foreign Minister of the Greek Cypriot Administration apologizes to Turkish Cypriots for atrocities at Muratağa, Atlılar, Sandallar and Dohni”
The former Foreign Minister of the Greek Cypriot Administration Erato Kazaku Marcoullis apologised to the Turkish Cypriots for the atrocities committed by Greek Cypriots in Muratağa, Atlılar, Sandallar and Dohni in 1974.
In a post on Facebook, Marcoullis wrote “I feel the need to express a sincere public apology to our Turkish Cypriot compatriots for the horrific crimes committed on 14 August 1974 by EOKA B extremists against 126 women and children in the villages of Muratağa, Atlılar and Sandallar, and 85 civilian men (including a boy of 12 years old) from the village of Dohni.”
“Unfortunately, during the past 42 years no investigation has been conducted by my state to unravel the truth behind these crimes and none of the culprits have been brought to justice. It is time to finally establish a Truth Commission to effectively ascertain the truth behind the recent Cyprus tragedy, because without the truth there will be no reconciliation and without reconciliation there will be no peaceful coexistence. We cannot turn a blind eye to the crimes committed by our own extremists against civilians and innocent Turkish Cypriots.”
Marcoullis also shared some pictures related to the Muratağa, Atlılar and Sandallar atrocities on social media.
President Akıncı travelled to Ankara
President Mustafa Akıncı travelled to Ankara yesterday evening to meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
The meeting between the two Presidents is scheduled to take place at the Presidential complex in Beştepe today.
Prior to his departure to Ankara, President Akıncı held a press conference at Ercan Airport in which he emphasized the importance of the 7 scheduled meetings which form part of the intensified negotiations between the Turkish Cypriots and the Greek Cypriots.
As important issues are on the agenda for the negotiations, President Akıncı said that consultation with Ankara is necessary and thus he requested a meeting with President Erdoğan.
“We are working in coordination with Turkey and I am sure that this meeting will make an important contribution to the settlement process.”
Turkey’s guarantee is very important for the Turkish Cypriot people, Akıncı said, and this will be discussed in the meeting with President Erdoğan.
President Akıncı also criticised certain statements made by the Greek Cypriots regarding issues such as territory, natural gas and guarantees, before adding that the Greek Cypriot Administration should not seek to create tension in the negotiations.
President Akıncı also reiterated his view that for his generation this is the last opportunity to find a solution to the Cyprus problem. An important opportunity will be missed if a solution cannot be reached in 2016, he noted.
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