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

Looted treasures returned to Cyprus following German court decision

Cypriot heritage looted from Turkish occupied north of Cyprus

“With all that has been going on in the Middle East, the world seems to have failed to notice that the fox has been given the keys to the chicken coop,” said Theo Theodorou, spokesman for Lobby for Cyprus.

He was referring to the fact that Turkey was named chair of the world heritage committee of UNESCO at its 8 July 2015 meeting in Bonn, Germany. Continue reading