What’s yours is ours: Turkey’s gunboat diplomacy in Cyprus

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‘What we stole from you is ours and what we haven’t stolen from you, you must share.’ 

This is in effect Turkey’s position with regard to the hydrocarbon energy resources of the Republic of Cyprus, an independent member state of the Commonwealth, Council of Europe and European Union.  Continue reading

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Man of Straw: 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.  Continue reading

Night for Cyprus 2017: address by Lobby for Cyprus co-ordinator

Night for Cyprus 2017 coordinator's welcome
Lobby for Cyprus co-ordinator addresses the Night for Cyprus 2017 © Peter Pentayiotis

quote-marks-open 43 years have passed since the two Turkish invasions and subsequent occupation of our beloved island. Yet, we are no closer to any settlement. As a matter of fact, we are far away from a settlement as a result of Turkey’s regional policy and grand strategy dating back to 1956, both of which adversely affect Cyprus.  Continue reading

Νύχτα για την Κύπρο 2017: ομιλία του συντονιστή του Lobby for Cyprus

quote-marks-open Έχουν περάσει 43 χρόνια από τις δύο τουρκικές εισβολές και την έκτοτε συνεχιζόμενη κατοχή της αγαπημένης μας νήσου. Και όμως, δεν είμαστε κοντά σε καμία διευθέτηση. Τουναντίον, είμαστε πολύ μακριά από μια διευθέτηση λόγω της περιφερειακής τουρκικής πολιτικής και της μεγάλης της στρατηγικής που χρονολογείται από το 1956, αμφότερες των οποίων επηρεάζουν δυσμενώς την Κύπρο.  Continue reading

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

‘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

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