president said the termination of Turkey's intervention rights is a "sine qua non", a necessary precondition, for a Cyprus solution.

"Had I accepted Turkey's position to keep its occupation troops and its intervention rights, Cyprus would have been the only example in the world which would have the country occupying it as its guarantor and protector nike shoes wholesale free shipping ," he said.

Anastasiades said that the energy exploration program in the eastern Mediterranean would proceed normally despite Turkey's warnings.

Greek Cypriots held memorial services after sirens wailed for several minutes at 5:30 a.m. local time (0200 GMT) to mark the moment shooting started.

Meanwhile, Turkey's Prime Minister Binali Yildirim also visited the occupied part of Cyprus to attend a military parade and other events to commemorate Turkey's 1974 military action in response to a coup by the military rulers of Greece at the time, which resulted in the occupation of over 37 percent of Cypriot territory.

He said Turkey will continue to protect the rights and interests of Turkish Cypriots.

"Steps to end the unjust, baseless restrictions imposed on the Turkish Cypriot people must be taken without delay," Yildirim said.

He warned Cyprus on Thursday that the exploratory drilling on behalf of French Total and