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

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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 For obvious reasons, Insight has withdrawn the names of witnesses who gave evidence to the Commission.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

West and UN must hold Turkey to account for Geneva Convention violations in Cyprus

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Hundreds of Greek Cypriot prisoners being transferred to Turkey in 1974. Some of the persons identified in this photograph are listed as ‘disappeared’.

“The impunity granted to Turkey must come to an end, the law must be enforced and justice must be served”, said Theo Theodorou, spokesman for Lobby for Cyprus.  Continue reading

Refugee voices

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Memories of life before and during the Turkish invasion of 1974: a teenage refugee from Kyrenia fled with few belongings such as family photos and her diary, which gives a day-by-day account of her escape. Her brother, shown above, was listing as missing. His remains were recently found – he was murdered by Turkish troops.

The stories of those who fled and those who made the painful visit to their homes and lands in occupied Cyprus  Continue reading