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08 December, 1999
Representatives of Greek communities throughout the globe's four corners reiterated their long-standing demand yesterday for a just solution to the Cyprus problem, during a World Council of Hellenes Abroad (SAE) assembly in Thessaloniki.
"...we've offered hecatombs of sacrifices on the altar of freedom, democracy and justice for humanity, in general, and Europe in particular; the least we can claim for Cyprus, and we vehemently demand this, is freedom, democracy and justice," a SAE resolution regarding Cyprus read.
"The Cyprus issue ranks first on the list of national issues," the SAE resolution adds.
"The present status quo is unacceptable. The fait accompli will not stand. We strongly condemn the Turkish invasion and the continuing occupation of its (Cyprus') territory and the inhuman stand of Turkey on issues of the enclaved, the refugees and over the whereabouts of the missing persons, which violates every meaning of justice and the declaration of human rights.
"SAE supports the struggle of the democratically elected governments of Greece and Cyprus for a just solution of the Cyprus problem," SAE stated.
The international organization of ethnic Greeks abroad stressed that toward that end, "it (SAE) adopts and supports the resolutions of the United Nations; the UN General Assembly and the Security Council; those of the European Union; the G-8 group, the British Commonwealth and those of the Non-Aligned Movement".
SAE also called for an end to what it termed a breach of international legality and order created by the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus as well as tolerance of Ankara's intransigence.
"The over-indulgence of Turkey by the world's powerful during the 20th century did not serve international legality. It served lawlessness, which led to three genocides and massive violations of human rights...The (proximity) talks, which began in New York and continue to this day, are a unique opportunity for the application of UN resolutions and the fulfillment of the given promises," the resolution concluded.
Source: Athens News Agency