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To: BBC
05 May 2009
RE: Symbolic Cyprus crossing reopens
I am surprised and disturbed that the BBC chooses to present what seems to be a revisionist account of historical events in Cyprus. Your own BBC news reports of 1974 clearly describe a Turkish invasion, which attacked Cyprus by land, sea and air was condemned by the European Commission of Human Rights which found Turkey guilty of mass killings, rape, torture and looting amongst many other human rights violations. It seems the BBC is deliberately underplaying these facts with the result that it is compromising the accuracy of its own news reports.
 
How Turkey attempts to justify its operation (which it code named 'Atila') does not alter the fact that it invaded an independant country and continues to illegally occupy 37 percent of it. There are countless UN resolutions that condemn Turkey's occupation yet the BBC fails to mention this.
 
What has changed since the original BBC reports of 1974 other than successive increasingly pro-Turkish UK governments and UK media that has become increasingly hostile to Greek Cypriots and their arguments?
 
Are the BBC reports on Cyprus weitten with the intention of sparing Turkey the embarrassment of coming to terms with its war crimes in Cyprus?
 
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I look forward to a response.
 

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