Unilateral declaration of illegality: Turkey’s rogue regime in Cyprus

Turkey and occupation regime flags in Cyprus
“Legally invalid”. Flags of illegal occupier Turkey and its subordinate regime. UN Security Council Resolution 541: “Calls upon all States not to recognise any Cypriot state other than the Republic of Cyprus” © Lobby for Cyprus

Today marks the passage of 34 years since the start of a sinister new development in the Turkish-occupied north of the Republic of Cyprus. On 15 November 1983, an entity described as the ‘Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus’ (‘TRNC’) purported to come into existence pursuant to a unilateral ‘declaration of independence’Continue reading

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‘Tax’ on humanitarian aid to ‘enclaved’ Cypriots ‘an inhumane breach of Geneva convention’

UNFICYP vehicle in Turkish-occupied area of Cyprus @Lobby for Cyprus
UNFICYP vehicle in Turkish-occupied area of Cyprus @Lobby for Cyprus

“The new discriminatory charges imposed by Turkey’s illegal regime on humanitarian supplies to the ‘enclaved’ Cypriots in the Turkish-occupied north of Cyprus are inhumane. They are also in breach of international humanitarian law and international criminal law” said Lobby for Cyprus spokesman Vangelis Christou.  Continue reading

1974: The second Turkish invasion and the betrayal of Cyprus

Turkish occupation forces advance through Cyprus
Turkish occupation forces advance through Cyprus in 1974

14 August marks the passage of 43 years since Turkey launched the second of its two invasions of the Republic of Cyprus. In contrast to the position when Turkey launched its first invasion on 20 July 1974, five days after an unlawful coup in Nicosia, Turkey had no pretext to justify its second invasion and the forcible transfers, deportations and other acts of ethnic cleansing which followed; both the junta in Athens and its short-lived puppet regime in Nicosia had both fallen by 23 July 1974, three weeks earlier. Continue reading

‘The terrible secrets of the Turkish invasion of Cyprus’

Sunday Times 23 January 1977 ‘The terrible secrets of the Turkish invasion of Cyprus’

The Sunday Times: 23 January 1977

quote-marks-openThe plight of Cyprus, with 40 per cent of the island still occupied by Turkish troops who invaded in the summer of 1974, is well known. But never before has the full story been told of what happened during and after the invasion. This article is based on the secret report of the European Commission of Human Rights. For obvious reasons, Insight has withdrawn the names of witnesses who gave evidence to the Commission.  Continue reading

A proposed new process, but the same old intransigence

Nicosia barricades
Dead end: the so-called ‘green line’ that cuts through Nicosia, capital city of the Republic of Cyprus ©Lobby for Cyprus

The latest collapse of UN-sponsored efforts to settle the Cyprus issue has again exposed an enduring fixture of international relations – the morally and legally bankrupt policy of the Turkish government towards the Republic of Cyprus, a Member State of the Commonwealth, the Council of Europe and the European Union.  Continue reading

1974: The terrible Turkish invasions of Cyprus

Turkish invasion of Cyprus 1974
The bombing of Nicosia by Turkey in 1974

On 20 July 2017 Lobby for Cyprus marked the black anniversary of the first of the terrible Turkish invasions of Cyprus in 1974. Turkey invaded under the spurious and entirely untrue pretext that it was “restoring constitutional order” following a short-lived coup to overthrow President Makarios.  Continue reading

Save the Republic of Cyprus and democratic values – an urgent call to change strategy

United Nations buffer zone, Nicosia, Cyprus
United Nations buffer zone, Nicosia, Cyprus © Lobby for Cyprus

Lobby for Cyprus expresses serious concerns about the secrecy with which the ‘Conference on Cyprus’ in Switzerland is taking place. We are also alarmed by the astonishing fact that the Republic of Cyprus is not officially represented at the ‘Conference on Cyprus’ where its destiny may be determined.  Continue reading