Open letter to The Independent

Independent: 'Only a partitioned island will bring the dispute between Turkish and Greek Cypriots to an end'

Lobby for Cyprus open letter to The Independent in response to the article ‘Only a partitioned island will bring the dispute between Turkish and Greek Cypriots to an end’ of 1 October 2017 by former British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw. 


Mr Christian Broughton
The Editor
Independent Digital News & Media
2 Derry St
London W8 5HF

10 January 2018

OPEN LETTER

Dear Mr Broughton

I write with reference to the article by the former British Foreign Secretary, Jack Straw, published on 1 October 2017 by The Independent online and entitled ‘Only a partitioned island will bring the dispute between Turkish and Greek Cypriots to an end’.

I am writing on behalf of Lobby for Cyprus, a UK-based non-party-political human rights NGO that represents forcibly displaced persons and campaigns in favour of a genuinely united and unitary Cypriot sovereign state, free from Turkish occupation, colonisation and exploitation.

May I begin by explaining how disheartened thousands of other Cypriots and I were to discover this article on The Independent website. For more than thirty years, The Independent has prided itself on ‘editorial independence, integrity and high journalistic standards’. Unfortunately, the aforementioned article by Jack Straw demonstrated none of these qualities. In a misleading way, Mr Straw’s article omitted elementary details with regard to the two Turkish invasions of the Republic of Cyprus (on 20 July and 14 August 1974) and the ongoing occupation of a Turkish-held northern zone. In addition, as further explained below, neither Mr Straw nor The Independent alerted readers to Mr Straw’s well-documented past relations with Turkey and his past promotion of Turkish causes.

In his introductory paragraph, Mr Straw showed a complete disregard for the internationally accepted facts relating to the two Turkish invasions of the Republic of Cyprus. I was appalled to read his attempt to justify the illegal and immoral actions of Turkey which he relegated to being an inconsequential necessity. Mr Straw commented in his article that ‘It can be argued, as many have done, that the Turks overreacted’. This is a scandalous claim.

Does Mr Straw really believe that Turkey merely ‘overreacted’ when its armed forces embarked upon two illegal invasions resulting in an occupation encompassing 36 per cent of the territory (and 57 per cent of the coastline), the forcible uprooting of approximately 200,000 innocent people from their homes, a follow-up programme of demographic engineering, the segregation of people along ethno-religious lines and the de facto colonisation of the Turkish-occupied zone?

Bearing in mind that Mr Straw is a former Lord Chancellor and, as such, a former custodian of the rule of law, why did Mr Straw fail to mention that Turkey’s two invasions contravened UN Security Council Resolutions, the Treaties under which the Republic of Cyprus was established in 1960 and various other legal instruments, including the UN Charter (1945) and the Geneva Conventions (1949)?

Bearing in mind that Mr Straw is a former Home Secretary and, indeed, the minister who was behind the enactment of the United Kingdom’s Human Rights Act in 1998, why did Mr Straw fail to mention leading human rights cases such as Cyprus v Turkey (2001) ECHR 331, Varnava v Turkey [2009] ECHR 1313 and Cyprus v Turkey (2014) ECHR 478? Indeed, why did Mr Straw fail to explain that in these and in so many other cases, the European Court of Human Rights found that by its actions and omissions in the Republic of Cyprus, Turkey violated the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (1950)?

Bearing in mind that Mr Straw is a barrister by profession and a former Leader of the House of Commons, why did Mr Straw fail to explain that it is the ongoing intention of Parliament, as laid down in the Cyprus Act 1960, for the Republic of Cyprus to exist and for the Republic to comprise the entirely of the Island of Cyprus (with the exception of the two areas over which the United Kingdom asserts sovereignty).

For the avoidance of doubt, I outline below some other realities which were not spelt out in Mr Straw’s article; further details appear in Attachment 2 to this letter. These realities include the following:

  • The Republic of Cyprus is the only legitimate and internationally recognised sovereign state in the Island of Cyprus. There is no ‘Greek-Cypriot Cyprus’ and the so-called ‘Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus’ (‘TRNC’) is a nullity since the UDI relating to the ‘TRNC’ is connected with the unlawful use of force and other egregious violations of norms of general international law, in particular those of a peremptory character.
  • Mr Straw’s calls for partition are a throw-back to a long-standing neo-imperial objective of Turkey, as endorsed by the United Kingdom, dating back to 1956.
  • The military presence of Turkey, the country with the second worst human rights record in Europe , is neither necessary nor welcome. It is Turkey that embarked upon an inhumane, racist and ostensibly criminal campaign of ethno-religious cleansing contrary to the laws of war. The armed forces of Turkey are also accused of unlawfully killing, raping, abusing, forcibly evicting or procuring the enforced disappearance of thousands of people in the Republic of Cyprus. The UN has consistently failed to instigate any war crimes investigations.
  • The International Committee of the Red Cross, the UNHCR and the Government of the Republic of Cyprus have all indicated that, as a result of the two Turkish invasions of 1974, approximately 200,000 members of the Greek Community (to use the term in the Constitution of the Republic of Cyprus) were forcibly displaced from their homes; this constitutes one third of the population.
  • The United Kingdom failed to stop or reverse the two Turkish invasions or the acts of ethno-religious cleansing carried out by Turkey. In consequence, the United Kingdom was in flagrant breach of its legal (and moral) duty, under the Treaty of Guarantee (1960). This Treaty also prohibits partition.
  • The ill-fated ‘Annan Plan’ of 2004, which Mr Straw endorsed as Foreign Secretary, was a recipe for legalising segregation, legalising demographic engineering and legalising partition under the cloak of a proposed ‘bi-communal, bi-zonal federation’.

It was disingenuous of Mr Straw to overlook these rudimentary realities. Furthermore, it was deplorable for Mr Straw to omit mentioning the personal catastrophes generated by each of the two Turkish invasions and the failures of the Labour Government under Prime Minister Wilson. Thousands of citizens of the Republic of Cyprus were unlawfully killed, raped and many remain missing to this day. Turkey has forcibly settled Turkish colonists in the occupied areas thereby altered the demographics of the Island. Turkey’s programme of distortion seeks to actively destroy the Hellenic, Byzantine, Christian and Orthodox cultural heritage of what has been, since 1974, the Turkish-occupied zone.

Did The Independent not think to research these basic internationally accepted realities before publishing Mr Straw’s article or was your institution content with disregarding history, ignoring the law and thereby misleading the public? One would have presumed that The Independent might have fact checked Mr Straw’s shameful assertions before publishing them.

Perhaps more disconcerting from a journalistic perspective is that Mr Straw’s article appears to contravene The Independent’s own Code of Conduct. The Code explicitly states that: ‘You should be transparent about any outside political, philosophical, religious or financial interests that might conflict with your journalistic independence or integrity, or could be perceived to do so.’ Mr Straw made no declaration of interest in the article and nor did The Independent make any attempt to caveat the article with Mr Straw’s well documented past and, it would appear, ongoing connections with Turkey. Accordingly, the readers of his article were unaware of the appearance of bias on his part.

Mr Straw has had and, it would seem, continues to maintain intimate ties with the authoritarian Erdogan regime in Turkey and various entities in Turkey, some of which I evidence below in the Attachment 2 to this letter. This produces a comprehensive list with independent sources for your reference. For example, in 2012, during Mr Erdogan’s period in office as Prime Minister, Mr Straw was awarded Turkey’s highest honour for a non-head of state by the then President of Turkey, Abdullah Gül. Mr Straw has also been – and, it would appear, remains – the co-chair of the ‘Turkish-British Tatlidil Forum’, an unofficial platform established in 2011 to contribute to further enhancing bilateral [ie UK-Turkey] relations in all areas through civil dialogue. Indeed, during his years as an MP, both Mr Straw and his wife visited Turkey on a number of occasions on expenses-paid trips. Since he ceased to be an MP, he has stopped making disclosures to the House of Commons register but he continues to visit Turkey.

Did The Independent not think to mention any of Mr Straw’s declarations of interest in order that readers might be aware of his appearance of bias? Simply denoting Jack Straw as ‘British Foreign Secretary 2001-6’ is misleading by omission given his deep ties with the Turkish state and Turkish entities, as established above and in the attachment to this letter.

In publishing this article The Independent has violated virtually every term of the ‘Conflict of Interest’ section of The Independent’s Code of Conduct. Mr Straw has had – and appears to have – ties to Turkey which conflict with his independence and integrity with matters pertaining to the Republic of Cyprus. If The Independent continues to make Mr Straw’s article available online, it would be proper for these interests to be prominently disclosed; otherwise it would appear that your institution has little regard for its own Code of Conduct.

In the meantime, I expect The Independent and Mr Straw to issue unqualified apologies for the offence they have caused as a result of this matter. I also expect The Independent to offer a right of reply to the victims of Turkey, the sovereign state whose interests Mr Straw has evidently championed via The Independent.

Finally, may I add that myself and thousands of other Cypriots are offended that The Independent allowed such an article to be published online in the first place. Thousands of Cypriots around the world held The Independent as an objective source of current affairs free from political bias. Unfortunately, this article has exhibited a complete disregard for the founding principles of your organisation. On an emotional level, this article has caused great suffering for the thousands of Cypriots who are still affected by the disastrous and saddening consequences of the two Turkish invasions of the Republic of Cyprus and the ongoing occupation of a zone in the north. One would hope that The Independent would seek to expose and publicise the horrific crimes and human rights violations committed by Turkey rather than providing a platform for a politician to support Turkey and be complicit in its distortion of historical facts.

I look forward to your response to the above and subsequent apology, and corrections.

Lobby for Cyprus


Attachment 1: Details of Realities conveniently omitted by Mr Straw

(i) There is no ‘Greek-Cypriot Cyprus’ as Mr Straw falsely claims. The Republic of Cyprus, as established by the Cyprus Act 1960 and by the Treaty of Establishment 1960, is the only legally recognised sovereign state on the Island of Cyprus. The so-called ‘Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus’ (‘TRNC’) is a nullity. This is because it is the crude by-product of two illegal invasions, multiple acts of illegal ethno-religious cleansing and an illegal unilateral declaration of independence. As Lord Justice Richards explains in the judgment of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales in the case of R (Yollari v Secretary of State for Transport & Anor [2010] EWCA Civ 1093:

‘UN Security Council resolution 541 (1983) deplored the declaration and considered it legally invalid, and called upon all states to respect the sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity and non-alignment of the Republic of Cyprus. A further resolution, 550 (1984), called upon all states not to recognise the purported state of the TRNC [ie the ‘Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus’, the entity purportedly established in 1983]. Neither the United Kingdom nor any other state with the exception of Turkey has recognised the TRNC.’

(ii) Mr Straw’s call for partition is a throw-back to a long-standing neo-imperial objective of Turkey, as endorsed by the United Kingdom, dating back to 1956. With the consent of Turkey, the Government of the United Kingdom publicly floated the prospect of partition in 19 December 1956. The prospect of partition was thereafter echoed by the Government of Turkey, for example on 3 May 1957. (See the statement by Alan Lennox-Boyd MP, the then Colonial Secretary of the UK, in Hansard, House of Commons Debates, Columns 1267 to 1279. Also see the transcript of the speech by Adnan Menderes, the then Prime Minister of Turkey, in Bursa in Turkish News, an official publication of the Embassy of Turkey in London, 8 May 1957, file FCO141/4208, National Archives of the UK, Kew Gardens, Surrey.)

(iii) Mr Straw writes that ‘Turkey invaded Cyprus in late July 1974’ in ‘reaction to a coup d’étât by Greece (run then by a far-right military junta) and elements of the Cyprus National Guard …’. However, Mr Straw does not go on to clarify that Turkey re-invaded the Republic of Cyprus on 14 August 1974, three weeks after the downfall of both the junta in Athens and its short-lived puppet regime in Nicosia.

(iv) Mr Straw misleads his readers when he writes that ‘After some Turkish-Cypriot enclaves had been subject to some pretty terrible atrocities, Turkish forces on the island were dramatically increased in August 1974.’ It is true that a number of atrocities were committed to the detriment of members of the Turkish Community. However, almost all if not all of these atrocities took place on or after the launch of the second Turkish invasion of the Republic of Cyprus on 16 August 1974. Before then, Turkey had already embarked upon an inhumane, racist and ostensibly criminal campaign of ethno-religious cleansing contrary to inter alia Articles 49(1) and 147 of the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949 (and, thus, contrary to the Geneva Conventions Act 1957, an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom). For example, on 5 August 1974, Stephen Olver, the then British High Commissioner in Nicosia, informed the then Foreign and Commonwealth Secretary of the United Kingdom that:

‘A transfer of the Greek Cypriot population out of the Kyrenia area is going on steadily. This is undoubtedly considered Turkish policy and people are being told that they will never come back. This is tragic, and we must obviously do what we can to contest these forced evictions.’

(Source: Declassified telegram from Stephen Olver, the British High Commissioner in Nicosia, to Mr James Callaghan MP, the British Foreign and Commonwealth Secretary, FCO 9/1920, National Archives of the United Kingdom, Kew Gardens, Surrey.)

Notwithstanding the forced evictions and other crimes mentioned above, the UN has consistently failed to instigate any war crimes investigations, let alone any war crimes trials to ascertain who was really responsible for these crimes, to deliver justice and to create a deterrent so that there are no repetitions in the future. Needless to say, Mr Straw says nothing about this ongoing failure which he contributed to as the Foreign Secretary of a Permanent Member of the UN Security Council from 2001 until 2006.

(v) The International Committee of the Red Cross, the UNHCR and the Government of the Republic of Cyprus have all indicated that, as a result of the two Turkish invasions of 1974, approximately 200,000 members of the Greek Community (to use the term in the Constitution of the Republic of Cyprus) were forcibly displaced from their homes. In different circumstances, Turkey also procured the forcible displacement of many members of the Turkish Community who were coerced into vacating their homes in the south of the Republic of Cyprus and relocating to the Turkish-occupied zone in the north. The Labour Government led by Prime Minister Harold Wilson played an improper role in this effort by facilitating this demographic engineering to take place via the two entities known as the British Sovereign Base Areas. By these cruel means, Turkey forcibly segregated the population of the Republic of Cyprus along ethnic and religious lines. All in all, Turkey is responsible for the forcible displacement of more than one third of the population of the Republic of Cyprus.

(vi) Mr Straw, a former Labour MP, does not point out that, in 1974, the then Labour Government led by Prime Minister Harold Wilson failed to stop or reverse the aforementioned coup, the two Turkish invasions or the acts of ethno-religious cleansing carried out by Turkey. In consequence, the United Kingdom was in flagrant breach of its legal (and moral) duty, under the first paragraph of Article II of the Treaty of Guarantee (1960), to ‘recognise and guarantee the independence, territorial integrity and security of the Republic of Cyprus’.

(vii) Even though his article calls for legalised partition, Mr Straw failed to point out that partition is expressly prohibited by the second paragraph of Article II of the Treaty of Guarantee (1960) under which:

‘Greece, Turkey and the United Kingdom … undertake to prohibit, so far as concerns them, any activity aimed at promoting, directly or indirectly, either union of Cyprus with any other State or partition of the Island.’

(viii) When he referred to the ill-fated ‘Annan Plan’ of 2004, which he supported as Foreign Secretary, Mr Straw failed to explain that this was a recipe for legalising segregation, legalising demographic engineering and legalising partition under the cloak of a proposed ‘bi-communal, bi-zonal federation’. In addition, Mr Straw failed to divulge that the ‘Annan Plan’ was predicated on a number of unconscionable UN Security Council Resolutions which not only turned a blind eye to the misconduct of Turkey but sought to obliterate democratic values on the altar of appeasing as well as rewarding Turkey. The prime example is Resolution 750 of 10 April 1992. Paragraph 4 of this Resolution endorsed paragraph 20 of a report of the UN Secretary-General dated 3 April 1992 (UN Security Council Document S/23780) and, thus, the following segregationist definition of ‘bi-zonality’ which appears therein: ’20. The bi-zonality of the [proposed bi-communal, bi-zonal] federation is reflected in the fact that each federated state would be administered by one community which would be guaranteed a clear majority of the population and of land ownership in its area …’.

(ix) In 2010, the International Court of Justice shed further light on the illegality attached to the unilateral declaration of independence purportedly made by the so-called ‘TRNC’, as well as those purportedly made in relation to ‘Rhodesia’ in 1965 and ‘Republika Srprska’ in 1992. To quote from its Advisory Opinion of 22 July 2010, the ‘illegality’ of each of these declarations:

‘stemmed not from the unilateral character of these declarations as such, but from the fact that they were, or would have been, connected with the unlawful use of force or other egregious violations of norms of general international law, in particular those of a peremptory character (jus cogens).’

(See Accordance with International Law of the Unilateral Declaration of Independence in Respect of Kosovo, Advisory Opinion, I.C.J. Reports 2010, page 403, paragraph 81.)

(x) Turkey’s arbitrary or otherwise improper actions are fundamentally incompatible with dozens of international treaties, including many which Turkey has conspicuously failed to become a State Party to. To take just a few examples, Turkey is not a State Party to the International Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid (1973), the Additional Protocols to the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949 (1977), the UN Law of the Sea Convention (1982), the Rome Statute on the International Criminal Court (1998) and the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance (2006). Is this anything to do with the fact that the armed forces of Turkey are accused of unlawfully killing, raping, abusing, forcibly evicting or procuring the enforced disappearance of thousands of people in the Republic of Cyprus? Is this anything to do with the horrific findings relating to Turkey as recorded by the European Commission on Human Rights in Volumes I and II of its Report which was adopted on 10 July 1976 and declassified on 31 August 1979 and published on the website of the European Court of Human Rights.

(xi) Since 1974, Turkey and its local agents have engaged in a de facto programme of distortion. This has had the effect of eradicating traces of the Hellenic and Christian cultural heritage of the Turkish occupied areas. For example, this programme has encompassed the desecration of cemeteries, the conversion of churches into mosques and the theft of religious artefacts. See, for instance, the judgment of the US Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit in Autocephalous Greek-orthodox Church of Cyprus and The Republic of Cyprus, Plaintiffs v Goldberg and Feldman Fine Arts, Inc., and Peg Goldberg, 917 F.2d 278 (7th Cir. 1990).

N.B. Attachment 1 has drawn upon several of the primary sources cited by Dr Klearchos A. Kyriakides in his series of articles published in 2017 in Agora Dialogue


Attachment 2: Jack Straw’s documented interests in Turkey

1. April 2011 expenses paid trip to Turkey paid by Government of Turkey
‘[On] 15 April 2011, [I, Jack Straw] received fee of £2,000 for participating in a Government of Turkey conference on foreign policy in Istanbul on 24 March 2011. I was accompanied by my wife. Our travel to Ankara and Istanbul and accommodation and meals from 23-28 March 2011 were paid by the Government of Turkey; total cost £2,910. Time taken, including travel and preparation, three days. (Registered 3 May 2011)’
Source: Jack Straw’s entry in the House of Commons Register of Financial Interests: Part 1 As at 5th March 2012

2a. 2012 Receiving Order of Republic of Turkey from the Turkish President
‘He [i.e. Jack Straw] is co-Chairman of the government-sponsored British-Turkish Forum, and the Tatlidil conference that takes place annually between the UK and Turkey. He was given the Order of the Republic of Turkey by President Abdullah Gül in 2012.’
Source: Jack Straw’s official biography on the website of the Government of the UK

2b. 2012 Receiving Order of Republic of Turkey by Turkish President
‘Jack Straw has been given one of Turkey’s highest awards for being ‘a politician who approaches the Islamic world and Muslim societies with sincerity and friendship’. He flew to Turkish capital Ankara to receive the country’s highest order available to individuals who are not heads of state.’
Source: Lancashire Telegraph, 23 October 2012

3. May 2013 expenses paid trip to Turkey paid by British-Turkish Tatlidil Forum
Name of donor: British-Turkish Tatlidil
Address of donor: Green Man House, Cowlinge, Newmarket, Suffolk CB8 9QA
Amount of donation (or estimate of the probable value): flights with a value of £1,283 and other incidental costs, giving a total of £1,470.90
Destination of visit: Istanbul and Ankara, Turkey
Date of visit: 13-15 May 2013
Purpose of visit: to participate in meetings in my capacity as British Co-Chair of the British Turkish Forum (the ‘Tatlidil’)
(Registered 5 June 2013)
Source: Jack Straw’s entry in the House of Commons Register of Financial Interests

4. June 2013 expenses paid trip to Turkey paid by Government of Turkey
Name of donor: (1 and 2) EU and Government of Turkey (Ministry for EU Affairs), in a project co-financed by the EU under the IPA Programme in Turkey. (3) British Turkish Forum (the ‘Tatlidil’)
Address of donor: (1 and 2) CFCU – Eskisehir Yolu 4. Km 2. Cd (Halkbank Kampusu) No: 63 C-Blok 06520 Sogutozu, Ankara (3) Green Man House, Cowlinge, Newmarket, Suffolk CB8 9QA Amount of donation (or estimate of the probable value): (1 and 2) : Flights with a value of £997.62 and accommodation with a cost of £256.29; (3) travel to and from Heathrow, at £83.50
Destination of visit: Istanbul Date of visit: 6-7 June 2013
Purpose of visit: To speak at the conference on “Rethinking Global Challenges: Constructing a Common Future for Turkey and the EU” (Registered 20 June 2013)
Source: Jack Straw’s entry in the House of Commons Register of Financial Interests

5. July 2013 expenses paid trip to Turkey paid by British-Turkish Tatlidil Forum
Name of donor: British Turkish Forum (the ‘Tatlidil’)
Address of donor: Green Man House, Cowlinge, Newmarket, Suffolk CB8 9QA
Amount of donation (or estimate of the probable value): Return air fare (business class) costing £724.65, hotel accommodation in Istanbul costing £312.75 and taxis to and from Heathrow costing £148; £1,185.40 in total.
Destination of visit: Istanbul
Date of visit: 8-9 July 2013 Purpose of visit: To attend meetings relating to the organisation of the Tatlidil (Registered 30 July 2013)
Source: Jack Straw’s entry in the House of Commons Register of Financial Interests

6. October 2013 expenses paid trip to Turkey paid by British-Turkish Tatlidil Forum
Name of donor: British-Turkish Tatlidil
Address of donor: Green Man House, Cowlinge, Newmarket, Suffolk CB8 9QA
Amount of donation (or estimate of the probable value): flights with a value of £1,182.95 plus taxis costing £89 and hotel accommodation costing £120.50; total £1,392.
Destination of visit: Istanbul, Turkey
Date of visit: 2-3 October 2013
Purpose of visit: to participate in a meeting in my capacity as British Co-Chair of the British Turkish Forum (the ‘Tatlidil’)
(Registered 31 October 2013)
Source: Jack Straw’s entry in the House of Commons Register of Financial Interests

7. November 2013 donation to Jack Straw paid by British-Turkish Tatlidil Forum
Name of donor: British-Turkish Tatlidil
Address of donor: Green Man House, Cowlinge, Newmarket, Suffolk CB8 9QA
Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: for two people, hotel accommodation with a value of £1,190.00; formal meals with a value of £728 and air fares and local transport with a value of £657.30; £2,575.30 in total.

Date of receipt of donation: 1-3 November 2013
Date of acceptance of donation: 1-3 November 2013
Donor status: unincorporated association.
(Registered 12 November 2013)
Source: Jack Straw’s entry in the House of Commons Register of Financial Interests

8. April 2014 expenses paid trip to Turkey paid by Turkish nationals
‘Payments received from the London Speaker Bureau, of Elsinore House, 77 Fulham Palace Road, W6 8JA: … [On] 11 April 2014, [I, Jack Straw] received £4,600.87 as fee for speaking at the “Turkish Davos”, Uladag, Bursa, Turkey, 20-22 March 2014, plus (for my wife and me) return flights from Heathrow to Istanbul at a total cost of £1,734 and accommodation and transfers estimated at £600 in total. Payer was Dogan Burda Dergi Yayincilik ve Pazarlama A.S, Kuştepe Mahallesi, Mecidiyeköy Yolu Caddesi, No: 12 Trump Towers Kule 2 Kat: 24 Şişli-Istanbul. Hours: 2.5 days, including travel. (Registered 14 April 2014)

Overseas visits
Name of donor: Akfen Holding
Address of donor: Koza Sok No: 22 GOP, Ankara, Turkey.
Amount of donation (or estimate of the probable value): flights from Bursa to Ankara and back to Istanbul, with a value of £6,753.30
Destination of visit: Ankara, Turkey
Date of visit: 22 March 2014
Purpose of visit: to meet a senior member of the Turkish government
(Registered 28 April 2014)

Jack Straw’s entry in the House of Commons Register of Financial Interests: Part 1 As at 5th March 2012

9. 2017 Jack Straw as co-chair of UK-Turkey forum
‘The “Tatlidil Forum” is an unofficial platform established in 2011 to contribute to further enhancing bilateral [UK-Turkey] relations in all areas through civil dialogue. The Forum, co-chaired by Senior Advisor to the President [of Turkey] Reha Denemeç and former Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, offers the opportunity to the representatives of business, academy, politics and media of the two countries to evaluate current bilateral and international issues in an informal setting.’
Source: Website of the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs press release, 24-26 March 2017

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