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To: Guardian
03 November 2006
‘EU calls off Cyprus talks ahead of rights report’ 4
Sir

Today’s article ‘EU calls off Cyprus talks ahead of rights report’

For the record, Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded the island of Cyprus with massive consequences to human life and properties. 37% of the northern part of the island has been occupied by the Turkish military. Within days of the invasion, the entire population of the occupied territories more than 200,000 people mainly of Greek origin, Maronites and Latins, were forced to leave their homes and properties. Turkey subsequently transplanted tens of thousands of Turkish colonists form Turkey, in one of the biggest ethic engineering operations in post second World Europe. Turkey proceeded with the set up of an illegal regime, the so called ‘TRNC’ and has since attempted, successfully it seems, to scupper any attempts to reunify the island and end the suffering of its people.

The progress in the last 30 years towards resolving the Cyprus issue has been very poor and disappointing, simply because Turkey is allowed to get away with literally murder. The failure to act by an the international community that claims to care about justice and principles and engages in wars in far eastern countries in the name of human rights, is extremely frustrating and indeed distressing for the thousands of refugees, like myself. The European Union is now acting in the same indecisive manner allowing Turkey to almost dictate the terms by which to enter the union and treats the illegal regime as the victims rather than the other way round. Your article highlights quite clearly how ineffective the EU is, in dealing with matters that affect its own member states, let alone those outside the Union.

Furthermore, I would like to bring to your attention that the terminology used in this article is entirely wrong and misleading. There is only one internationally recognized government in Cyprus. This is the Government of the Republic of Cyprus, member of the United and nations and The European Union. There is no Turkish Cypriot government. The correct reference is the Turkish Cypriot administration. Famagusta is occupied by the Turkish army and not the Turkish Cypriot army, as clearly stated in numerous UN resolutions, including 549 and endorsed by rulings of the European Court of Human rights.

I would therefore urge your editor to ensure that these misleading references are removed from future articles. As regards to resolving the Cyprus issue, this can only be achieved when the international community starts adhering to its own accession rules and aqui. Failing that, Turkey will not only invade the Republic of Cyprus, but the EU too.