Cyprus 1974: the second Turkish invasion and the scandal of the ongoing occupation

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Army of illegal occupation: Turkish troops in Cyprus, 1974

Forty-five years ago, on 14 August 1974, Turkey launched the second of its brutal invasions of the Republic of Cyprus. Continue reading

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1974-2019: 45 years of unchecked Turkish aggression in Cyprus

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Invading Turkish troops in Cyprus, 1974. The European Commission of Human Rights documented many of the appalling atrocities that were committed by the Turkish military.

The date 20 July represents the awful anniversary of Turkey’s illegal, brutal and unjustified invasion of the Republic of Cyprus in 1974. Continue reading

Eptakomi: A symbol of illegality, injustice and impunity

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A looted grave in Eptakomi, in the area of Cyprus under illegal Turkish occupation since 1974. © Eptakomi Association UK

On 18 July 2018, one day after the Day of International Criminal Justice and one hundred years to the day since the birth of the late Nelson Mandela, Eptakomi Association UK and Lobby for Cyprus organised the commemorative event ‘Uprooted: The disappearing community of Eptakomi’ at Theatro Technis, London.   Continue reading

1974: The bloodshed caused by the Turkish invasions of Cyprus

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Turkish invasion forces in Cyprus, 1974. The Turkish military committed appalling atrocities, as documented by the European Commission of Human Rights.

20 July and 14 August mark two blood-soaked episodes in the turbulent modern history of Cyprus: the days on which Turkey invaded and re-invaded Cyprus in 1974. Continue reading

1974: The second Turkish invasion and the betrayal of Cyprus

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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

1974: The terrible Turkish invasions of Cyprus

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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

Atilla two: the second Turkish invasion of Cyprus

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14 August marks the tragic day on which Turkey launched ‘Atilla two’ – its second brutal invasion of the Republic of Cyprus in 1974.

Turkey had already captured part of Cyprus in its initial invasion on 20 July 1974. It used the flimsy pretext that it was “restoring constitutional order” following a short-lived coup to overthrow President Makarios by the US-backed junta which was then ruling Greece.  Continue reading