30 + Beloved Days: UK film screenings

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30 and Beloved Days will be screened on 22, 23, 24, 28 March 2019 at the ArtHouse Crouch End cinema, London

30: The wound that never heals (short film). Cyprus, 1974. Maria is trying to find out anything she can about her son who is on the battlefield. A shocking twist of fate determines the course of the rest of her life.
Beloved Days: When the past inspires the future. In 1970 the people of the Cypriot village of Karmi, which is now under Turkish occupation, participated in an unprecedented experience: the shooting of the film Beloved, alongside a Hollywood cast and crew. Continue reading

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Celebrating illegality in Cyprus: Mustafa Akinci, non-‘president’ of a non-entity

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Illegal entity. UN resolutions 541 and 550 are clear. The purported ‘UDI’ of the Turkish-occupied area of Cyprus is ‘legally invalid’ and must be withdrawn. © Lobby for Cyprus

On 15 November, Ankara’s mouthpiece in occupied Cyprus Mustafa Akinci ‘celebrated’, as he does every year, the purported establishment of Turkey’s illegal subordinate administration in the northern area of the Republic of Cyprus that Turkish forces arbitrarily seized in 1974.  Continue reading

Erdogan: “We will increase our [occupation] troops in Cyprus”

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Turkish troops on parade in 1974. President Erdogan has stated that Turkey will increase its number of occupation troops in Cyprus.

“In a further demonstration of Ankara’s longstanding intransigence over Cyprus, President Erdogan recently stated that Turkey will increase its troop presence in the area of the Republic of Cyprus it has occupied since 1974”, said Lobby for Cyprus spokesperson Vangelis Christou. 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

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

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’

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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