Armenia and Cyprus are inextricably linked to each other due to common experiences and history, Yiannakis Omirou, President of the House of Representatives of Cyprus, told a news conference held jointly with Speaker of Armenia’s Parliament Galust Sahakyan.
Given the hardships both nations have gone through, they are ready to continue their struggle. A number of events will take place in Cyprus to mark the centennial of the Armenian Genocide.
Mr Omirou pointed out the fact that 37% of the territory of Cyprus has been occupied by the Turkish military for 40 years. Despite the UN resolutions, Turkey is ignoring them and intruded Cyprus’ economic zone thereby violating the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).
Speaking of the Armenian-Turkish border and Turkey’s preconditions for reopening it, Mr Omirou noted that Armenia and Cyprus must combine their efforts to make Turkey respect international law.
Armenian Parliament Speaker Galust Sahakyan told reporters that the sides had discussed the Nagorno-Karabakh peace process and issues related to the centennial of the Armenian Genocide.
“A large-scale event has been planned both as expositions and as conferences in Cyprus,” he said.