Cyprus 1974-2020: 46 years of destructive provocation by Turkey

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

As the world remembers the two brutal, barbaric and blood-soaked Turkish invasions of the Republic of Cyprus in July and August 1974, it is also experiencing a sense of déjà vu. While descending ever more steeply into tyranny under the cruel leadership of President Erdogan, Turkey’s chronic politico-economic problems have resulted in an even more aggressive foreign policy than usual – in relation to Syria, Libya and elsewhere. 

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UN Secretary-General’s statement on Cyprus: a betrayal of the UN’s own values

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UN emblem at a United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) military installation in Nicosia. © Lobby for Cyprus

“Lobby for Cyprus is profoundly dissatisfied with the statement issued on 25 November 2019 by António Guterres, the United Nations Secretary-General, following his ‘informal’ meeting in Berlin with Nicos Anastasiades, the President of the Republic of Cyprus, and Mustafa Akinci, the purported representative of the illegal subordinate regime of Turkey in the occupied north of the Republic,” Continue reading

Legally invalid: Turkey’s subordinate regime in occupied Cyprus

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The UN controlled ‘Buffer Zone’ in Nicosia, Cyprus. Beyond is the area illegally occupied by Turkish forces. © A Kattirtzi/Lobby for Cyprus

On 9 November 1989, the world marked the fall of the Berlin Wall. That was a seismic event that led to the unification of Germany. At the time, Turkey was already in occupation of the north of the Republic of Cyprus, having previously invaded and ethnically-cleansed it in two phases in 1974.  Continue reading

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

Open letter: Freedom of Information request to UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

 

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Blue line represents EEZ and continental shelf of Republic of Cyprus; green shows Turkish claims to continental shelf in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea; red shows blocks illegally licensed by the illegal occupation regime in the northern area of Cyprus

Lobby for Cyprus Freedom of Information Request to the UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs regarding the statement in Parliament by Sir Alan Duncan on Turkey’s illegal operations in the EEZ of Cyprus.  Continue reading

Turkey’s threats to drill in Cyprus’ EEZ: open letter to UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

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Outer limits of the Exclusive Economic Zone/continental shelf; and hydrocarbon exploration blocks of Republic of Cyprus

Lobby for Cyprus open letter to UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs. The UK must take a more principled stance regarding Turkey’s threats to drill in the Exclusive Economic Zone of the Republic of Cyprus. Continue reading