Petition to UK Prime Minsiter: President Erdogan’s 2018 visit to the UK

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President Erdogan’s visit to the United Kingdom: letter petition to Prime Minister May. 

The Rt Hon Theresa May MP
The Prime Minister
10 Downing Street
London
SW1A 2AA

President Erdogan’s visit to the United Kingdom in May 2018

Dear Prime Minister

I refer to the open letter sent to you by Lobby for Cyprus on 13 May 2018 regarding President Erdogan’s three-day visit to the UK from 13 until 15 May 2018. In this letter (published on 14 May 2018 at https://lobbyforcyprus.wordpress.com/2018/05/14/letter-to-pm-erdogan), Lobby for Cyprus made a number of requests relating to Turkey’s two Turkish invasions of the Republic of Cyprus in 1974 and its subsequent occupation, ethno-religious cleansing and colonisation of 36 per cent of the territory (and 57 per cent of the coastline) of the Republic of Cyprus. However, in your statement delivered in the presence of President Erdogan on 15 May 2018 (published at www.gov.uk/government/news/pm-statement-with-president-erdogan), you made no mention whatsoever of the Republic of Cyprus, let alone the international crimes ostensibly committed by Turkey there and the human rights violations for which Turkey is undoubtedly responsible.

In view of the above, during President Erdogan’s visit to 10 Downing Street on 15 May 2018, or at any other time during his recent stay in the UK, did you deliver any of the messages set out by Lobby for Cyprus in its open letter to you? More specifically:

  • Did you warn President Erdogan that Turkey must comply with international humanitarian law, international human rights law, international law generally, the norms of democracy and the humane values of the UN, NATO and the Council of Europe of which Turkey is a Member State?
  • Did you warn President Erdogan that Turkey must withdraw all of its armed forces and all of its other state agents from the Turkish-occupied north of the Republic of Cyprus?
  • Did you warn President Erdogan that Turkey must humanely repatriate all of its citizens who have been illegally colonising or otherwise illegally living in the Turkish-occupied north of the Republic of Cyprus in breach of the law of the Republic of Cyprus and also in breach of Article 49(6) of the Fourth Geneva Convention 1949?
  • Did you warn President Erdogan that Turkey must be held to account for the international crimes and human rights violations for which it is responsible, including the forced eviction and forcible transfer of more than 170,000 people from their homes in the Turkish-occupied north of the Republic of Cyprus, the arbitrary steps taken to prevent these people from recovering possession of their homes or other properties and the purported appropriation of these properties by the illegal subordinate administration of Turkey?
  • Did you warn President Erdogan that Turkey must stop threatening the Republic of Cyprus and it must also refrain from engaging in any action which interferes with the legal rights of the Republic of Cyprus, including the right to exploit its own hydrocarbon resources?
  • Did you warn President Erdogan that Turkey must not use any British-made arms, weapons or other military exports to support its illegal occupation of the north of the Republic of Cyprus or for any other purposes which are unlawful or unethical?
  • Did you warn President Erdogan that the national security, national interests and democratic values of the UK will not be satisfied unless and until any Cyprus ‘settlement’ is achieved via a transparent and democratic procedure which inter alia:
    – complies with democratic norms, the principles of justice and the rule of law;
    – protects the fundamental rights of all citizens and lawful residents of the Republic of Cyprus;
    – ends the apartheid-style differentiation of citizens along ‘bi-communal’ ethno-religious lines and their enforced ‘bi-zonal’ segregation into separate and segregated ‘zones’ built along the same lines;
    – ends Turkey’s illegal occupation via the withdrawal of all Turkish armed forces, agents and colonists;
    – guarantees that all displaced persons will recover possession of the homes and properties from which they were forcibly evicted;
    – accounts for the whereabouts of all prisoners of war and all other persons who went missing;
    – terminates the anachronistic concept of ‘guarantor powers’ and, in line with European norms, anoints independent judges as the guarantors of legality, justice and human rights;
    – ensures that Turkey signs and becomes a state party to a host of international treaties of fundamental importance to peace, justice or security such as the 1973 Crime of Apartheid Convention, the 1977 Additional Protocols to the Geneva Conventions, the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, the 1998 Rome Statute on the International Criminal Court and the 2006 International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance?
  • Did you warn President Erdogan that the United Kingdom will not countenance any settlement which fails to provide for a truly free, democratic, united, unitary, independent, sovereign and secure Republic of Cyprus which is not scarred by any occupation, segregation, partition or any other form of division?
  • Did you warn President Erdogan that if Turkey does not abide by the above conditions forthwith, the United Kingdom will call for international sanctions and other restrictive measures to be imposed on Turkey?

If the answer to any of the above questions is ‘yes’, will you please provide details? If the answer to any of the above questions is ‘no’, will you please account for this?

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely

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