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The Municipality of Famagusta has invited the refugee inhabitants of the city to attend an open meeting in Dherynia on August 16 during which a resolution protesting its capture and military occupation by Turkey will be approved.
The resolution, addressed to the United Nations Secretary General, will be handed to the UN mission in Nicosia and the permanent members of the UN Security Council.
The meeting will be held at the Famagusta Cultural Centre in Derynia at 11 a.m. and will be followed by a march to the memorial of Famagusta dead, where a religious prayer and a wreath laying ceremony will take place.
Mayor Alexis Galanos and members of the board will also brief the inhabitants on developments concerning the efforts to return to their ancestral homes.
The illegal establishment of Turkish settlers in part of Famagusta as provided for in the aborted Annan Plan will be one of the issues under review.
The main Famagusta event denouncing the Turkish invasion and occupation will this year take place in September at the Strovolos Municipal Theatre with President Christofias as the key speaker. Members of the European Parliament and other foreign personalities have been invited to attend.
The foreign participants will be escorted on a visit as far as possible to the ghost city of Famagusta in order to get a first-hand impression of its continuing occupation and isolation behind barbed wire.
A municipality source said the change in time and venue of the event was deemed necessary because this time of the year was inconvenient for many overseas guests.
Earlier this year the Famagusta Municipality undertook a successful campaign to collect signatures from the rightful inhabitants of Famagusta, calling for an end to their refugee ordeal 34 years on.
The UN Security Council has expressly called for the return of Famagusta to its Greek Cypriot inhabitants before a solution to the Cyprus problem.
Cyprus Weekly , 17 August 2008
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