The 43rd anniversary of the liberation of Gazimağusa was celebrated with a ceremony yesterday (15th August).

Speaking at the ceremony, Gazimağusa Mayor İsmail Arter said that the liberation of Gazimağusa marked a turning point “between existence and annihilation”. He added that the liberation should be celebrated to motivate everyone into action and keep the national consciousness alive; to build a new future without forgetting the past.

Arter said, “We must work to protect these lands that have been watered with the blood of martyrs. The Turkish Cypriot people will never give up their sovereignty or make any concessions on the fundamental rights they have gained.”

Taşkent martyrs are remembered

The 43rd anniversary of the massacre in Taşkent was commemorated with a ceremony earlier this week.

Speaking during the ceremony, the Head of Yukarı Taşkent Durmuş Aşandır commemorated the occasion 43 years ago, on 14 August 1974 that Greek militant forces killed 84 people from the villages of Taşkent and Terazi.

Aşandır said that Turkey exercised its 1960 guarantor rights and organised the Cyprus Peace Operation on 20 July 1974, saving the Turkish Cypriot people from the massacre.

He added, “The only thing we want is the continuation of Turkey’s full and effective guarantee. Today’s painful ceremony is a reminder of why we shall not say ‘yes’ to any agreement that does not include Turkey’s guarantee.”

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