Former Cyprus FM: I apologize for the massacres of Turkish Cypriots on 1974

Former foreign minister of the Republic of Cyprus Erato Kozakou Marcoullis with a post on facebook apologised for the crimes committed by Greek Cypriots on 1974 and stressed the need for the establishment of a Truth Commission for effectively ascertaining the truth.

Erato K.Marcoullis wrote on his post:”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 Aloa, Maratha and Sandalaris and 85 civilian men (including a boy of 12 years) from the village of Tochni. Unfortunately, during the past 42 years no investigation has been conducted by the official state of the Republic of Cyprus to unravel the truth behind these crimes and none of the culprits has been brought to justice. It is time to finally establish a Truth Commission for effectively ascertaining 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. While for the past 42 years we have been strongly condemning internationally the heinous crimes committed by the Turkish occupying army and Turkish Cypriots extremists against innocent and in the majority of them civilian Greek Cypriots, we cannot turn a blind eye to the crimes committed by our own extremists and fascists against civilians and innocent Turkish Cypriots.
The pictures are from the UN archives and concern the brutal murders of the Turkish Cypriots in the villages of Aloa, Maratha and Santalaris. ”

Marcoullis also shared some pictures related to the Aloa, Maratha and Santalaris atrocities on social media.

The statements in Greek and Turkish:

“Νοιώθω την ανάγκη να εκφράσω μια ειλικρινή δημόσια απολογία προς τους Τουρκοκύπριους συμπατριώτες μας για τα αποτρόπαια εγκλήματα που διαπράχθηκαν στις 14 Αυγούστου 1974 από εξτριεμιστές της ΕΟΚΑ Β σε βάρος 126 γυναικόπαιδων στα χωριά Αλόα, Μαράθα και Σανταλάρη και 85 αμάχων ανδρών (περιλαμβανομένου και ενός αγοριού 12 ετών) από το χωριό Τόχνη. Δυστυχώς όλα αυτά τα 42 χρόνια καμία διερεύνηση δεν διεξάχθηκε από το επίσημο κράτος της Δημοκρατίας για διαλεύκανση αυτών των εγκλημάτων και κανένας από τους ενόχους δεν οδηγήθηκε στη δικαιοσύνη. Είναι καιρός να συσταθεί επιτέλους μια Eπιτροπή Αλήθειας για αποτελεσματική εξακρίβωση της αλήθειας πίσω από την πρόσφατη Κυπριακή τραγωδία, γιατί χωρίς την αλήθεια δεν θα υπάρξει συμφιλίωση και χωρίς συμφιλίωση δεν θα υπάρξει ειρηνική συμβίωση. Ενώ εδώ και 42 χρόνια καταδικάζουμε έντονα διεθνώς τα αποτρόπαια εγκλήματα που διαπράχθηκαν από τον Τουρκικό κατοχικό στρατό και Τουρκοκύπριους εξτρεμιστές σε βάρος αθώων και στην πλειονότητα τους αμάχων Ελληνοκυπρίων δεν μπορούμε να κλείνουμε τα μάτια στα εγκλήματα που διέπραξαν δικοί μας εξτρεμιστές και φασίστες σε βάρος αμάχων και αθώων Τουρκοκυπρίων.
Οι φωτογραφίες είναι παρμένες από το αρχείο των Ηνωμένων Εθνών και αφορούν τις στυγνές δολοφονίες Τουρκοκυπρίων στα χωριά Αλόα, Μαράθα και Σανταλάρη.”

 

“14 Ağustos 1974 günü EOKA-B aşırılıkçıları tarafından işlenen korkunç cinayetlerin sonucu olarak Atlılar, Muratağa ve Sandallar’da (Aloa, Maratha ve Sandallar) öldürülen 126 kadın ve çocuk yanında Taşkent’te (Dohni) öldürülen 85 sivil erkek (12 yaşında bir erkek çocuk dahil) nedeniyle Kıbrıslıtürk yurttaşlarımızdan kamusal ve içten bir özür dileme ihtiyacı hissediyorum. Ne yazık ki, Kıbrıs Cumhuriyeti devleti geçtiğimiz 42 yıl içerisinde bu cinayetlerin ardındaki gerçeklerin ortaya çıkması ve suçluların adalete teslim edilmesine yönelik herhangi bir soruşturma gerçekleştirmemiştir.

Geçmişte yaşanan Kıbrıs trajedisinin ardındaki gerçeklerin etkili bir şekilde ortaya çıkabilmesi için bugün Hakikat Komisyonu kurulmasının tam zamanıdır çünkü hakikat olmadan yeniden yakınlaşma, yeniden yakınlaşma olmadan huzurlu bir birarada yaşam gerçekleşmeyecektir.

Bizler geçtiğimiz 42 yıl boyunca uluslararası alanda Türk işgal ordusu ve Kıbrıslıtürk aşırılıkçıların masum ve çoğunluğu sivil Kıbrıslırumlara karşı işledikleri korkunç cinayetleri şiddetle kınarken kendi faşistler ve aşırılıkçılarımız tarafından masum ve sivil Kıbrıslıtürklere yönelik işlenen cinayetlere gözlerimizi kapatamayız.

Fotoğraflar BM arşivlerinden olup Atlılar, Muratağa ve Sandallarda (Aloa, Maratha ve Sandallar) Kıbrıslıtürklere karşı vahşice işlenmiş korkunç cinayetler ile ilgilidir.”

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6 Comments

  1. Anonymous said:

    it’s a cypriot apology not a greek one, to turkish cypriots. It shouldn’t be taken as an insult if we are to coexist once again

  2. Anonymous said:

    to correct your statement since you used it

    “it’s a cypriot apology not a greek one, to turkish cypriots”

    its a greek cypriot apology to turkish cypriots

    but much better still, how about, its an apology from Greek speaking Cypriots to Turkish speaking Cypriots?

  3. Burhan said:

    Thousand mile journey to peace can start with one giant step taken by the former foreign minister. Wishing for other steps to follow, however small.

  4. Nick said:

    A Cypriot apology to the Cypriot people at last somebody with a brain

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