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To: Post Office
18 December 2008
Misleading references

I am most concerned that the Post Office website foreign currency page contains a list that makes reference to two Cyprus “countries”: “Cyprus (Nth)” and “Cyprus (Sth)”.

Looking at the website of the United Nations it is evident that no such countries exist. There is only one country in Cyprus and that is the Republic of Cyprus which encompasses the entire island (http://un.org/members/list.shtml).

The northern part of Cyprus has been illegally occupied since it was invaded in 1974 by Turkish troops. There are numerous United Nations resolutions that declare the occupied north to be an illegal entity such as UN resolution 541 which considers the “purported secession of part of the Republic of Cyprus” as “legally invalid”. UN resolution 541 also “Calls upon all States to respect the sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity of the Republic of Cyprus” and “Calls upon all States not to recognise any Cypriot state other than the Republic of Cyprus”.

I find it offensive that the Post Office chooses to use its own incorrect and misleading references and I would suggest that you amend your list and refer correctly to the island as “Cyprus”.

I look forward to your response.

Response from Post Office:

23 December 2008

Thank you for your email regarding the Travel Money page on the Post Office® website.

I am sorry that you find it offensive that the Travel Money page shows ‘Cyprus (Nth) and Cyprus (Sth)’ for the purchase of Travel Money.

It may help if I explain that it has been worded in this way so customers will know which type of Travel Money is recommended when travelling to different parts of Cyprus.

I have made our Product Support Manager for Travel Money aware of your concerns. He has advised that the wording will be changed to ‘Cyprus and Cyprus (Nth)’, however, this will not take place until after 5th January 2009.

I do hope that the above information is acceptable to you and that you will have no further cause for concern.

Once again, please accept my apologies for any concern this matter may have caused