January 23, 2018 – Fort Russ News – Paul Antonopoulos
NICOSIA, Cyprus – The Republic of Cyprus “strongly condemns the illegal Turkish invasion in Afrin in north-western Syria, codenamed operation ‘Olive Branch’,” noting that, “contrary to what its name suggests, there is nothing peaceful in the Turkish military operation.”
In a communication by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, released by the Press and Information Office, the Republic of Cyprus notes that, “using various pretexts, including the protection of Turkmens, it only aims at enforcing Ankara’s geopolitical agenda in the region through military force.”
“Cyprus, also a victim of Ankara’s military aggression since 1974, when the Turkish army invaded the island under the guise of protecting Turkish Cypriots and still occupies one third of its territory, in contravention of the UN Charter and international law, stresses the need to respect the territorial integrity, unity, independence and sovereignty of the Syrian Arab Republic,” it says.
It adds that “the Syrian crisis cannot be resolved by military means” and that “only a Syrian-led political solution, in accordance with UN Security Council Resolution 2254 and in the framework of the Geneva process, will ensure peace, security and stability in Syria, without any occupation forces.”