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To: Foreign Minister Margaret Beckett
01 June 2006
Turkey should never be allowed to join the EU while it is occupying 37 percent of the territory of the Republic Of Cyprus
Letter writing campaign organised by Lobby for Cyprus. Over 1,000 such letters were signed by members of the Cypriot community and sent to British Foreign Minister Margaret Beckett in June 2006.
Dear Foreign Minister

Turkey should never be allowed to join the EU while it is occupying 37 percent of the territory of the Republic Of Cyprus.

The Republic of Cyprus is the only EU member state with a substantial proportion of its territory under military occupation by Turkey, a state aspiring to join the European family of nations.

It is wholly unacceptable that Great Britain and in particular the Prime Minister and your predecessor Mr Straw, champion with such determination the cause for Turkey’s accession, ignoring Britain’s obligations towards the Republic, both as a guarantor power and as a fellow EU member.

Amongst other serious violations, Turkey continues to deny Cypriot registered vessels and civilian aircraft access to Turkish ports and airspace, as required by EU law. It continues to violate the basic human rights of its own citizens, the Kurdish people and of all Cypriots particularly the Greek Cypriot refugees; and re-enforces rather than relaxes its military presence on the occupied north of the island, which is European territory.

I therefore call on you, as the new Foreign Minister of Britain, a country that has the legal duty to protect the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the Republic of Cyprus, to ensure that the European door is fi rmly shut for Turkey, until it recognises the Republic of Cyprus and to removes its army of occupation from the island.

I look forward to your reply.
Yours sincerely