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

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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

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“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

A proposed new process, but the same old intransigence

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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

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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

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