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To: Advertising Standards Authority
01 January 2006
Offensive advertising on London Transport
Advertising Standards Authority
Mid City Place
71 High Holborn

Dear Sir/Madam

Re: Offensive advertising on Transport for London

I am writing to you because of the offence caused to me by advertising on London buses that promotes the occupied north of Cyprus as a legitimate holiday destination.

The northern area of the Republic of Cyprus is currently under illegal Turkish military occupation, in violation of international law. The area has been ethnically cleansed of its population of 200,000 Greek Cypriots, who are prevented from returning by an apartheid regime controlled by Turkey.

Thousands of Greek Cypriot refugees, such as myself, family or friends now reside in the UK and the advertisements cause us great distress on a daily basis while we go to work or about our business.

It is highly offensive and provocative that unsuspecting British tourists are tempted by the advertisements to enjoy the stolen homes, lands, hotels and businesses of the Greek Cypriots while the legitimate owners, who so desperately long to return, are prevented from doing so.

Furthermore, the advertisements are paid for by an illegal entity, the so-called ‘North Cyprus tourist board’, an organ of the occupation regime. As the occupation regime has been deemed illegal, then so its subordinate organisation that is financing the advertisements.

I therefore call on the ASA to declare the advertisements illegal on the basis of the grave offence they cause to a vast number of UK citizens such as myself.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours faithfully