THE anniversary of the 20 July Cyprus Peace operation was celebrated on its 44th anniversary with a reception held on Friday evening, at Hyatt Churchill event hall.
The event was hosted by Zehra Başaran, the London Representative of the TRNC. The TRNC Deputy Prime minister and Foreign Minister Kudret Özersay and his wife Aliye Ummanel attended to the reception. Also, Turkish London Ambassador Abdurrahman Bilgiç, Turkish London Consulate Çınar Ergin, TRNC London Consulate Ülkü Alemdar, foreign diplomats, business people and representative of civil society organisations attended to the reception.
During his speech, Özersay stated that as a joint decision no one would like to return to the beginning of 1974, he further said:
“There is a truth that Turkish Cypriots, in particular, would not like to live through a repetition of 1974. In 1974 we witnessed guarantor powers which did not stand behind their word or responsibilities. But we are grateful for our guarantor which was not only a guarantor on paper but also at heart and stood courageously with us.”