Cyprus House president Marios Garoyian calls on Turkey to recognize Armenian Genocide
Marios Garoyian, President of the House of Representatives in Cyprus, has called for the recognition of the Armenian Genocide, saying that Turkey, the perpetrator of this crime, can no longer go "unpunished,” reports Famusta Gazette. "Today we turn our memory to the Armenian Genocide, a crime against humanity which is still unpunished, and we call once more on the international community to recognize this heinous crime,” he said in his address at a special church service to mark a religious celebration at the local Armenian church, adding that the historical truth must be recorded. Garoyian pointed out that Turkey, must bear the consequences of its actions and described Ankara’s attempts to make peace with Armenia as "devious,” saying they "lack any shred of credibility.” "These are moves and initiatives to deceive the Armenians and distort history and as such are rejected by the Armenian people,” he stressed. The House President, an Armenian himself, said Armenians are also fighting for justice in Cyprus, their homeland, which has been divided since the 1974 Turkish invasion. "We are striving for a just, functional and viable solution, and we call on the international community to deal with Turkey’s intransigence and boldness in a decisive manner so that Cyprus regains its freedom, democracy, justice and prosperity for all its legal citizens, Greek Cypriots, Turkish Cypriots, Maronites, Armenians and Latins,” he added.