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30 January 2009
Lobby for Cyprus welcomes resumption of talks for island’s reunification
“Lobby for Cyprus welcomes the resumption of talks between the Republic of Cyprus and the representatives of the Turkish occupied north,” said Lobby spokesman, Theo Theodorou, “but we wish to be sure that certain items are on the agenda.”

London, 30 January 2009 – “Lobby for Cyprus welcomes the resumption of talks between the Republic of Cyprus and the representatives of the Turkish occupied north,” said Lobby spokesman, Theo Theodorou, “but we wish to be sure that certain items are on the agenda.”

Theodorou was referring to the still-festering matter of the property belonging to the Greek Cyprus refugees who fled the Turkish invasion in 1974, and which are now occupied in the main by Anatolian colonists imported in to the north in defiance of all international laws.

“These properties are being sold by unscrupulous estate agents in the north to non-Cypriots who are not fully aware that the property they are buying still belong to the Greek Cypriot refugees,” Theodorou said, pointing out that every property case taken to the European Court of Human Rights has found against Turkey and in favour of the refugee holding title to his property.

“During the course of the negotiations to set up the talks,” Theodorou continued, “President Christofias said the Republic has submitted proposals which take into consideration the interests of the whole people of Cyprus with the aim to create a federal structure which preserves the unity of the country, ensures respect for the rights of its citizens and safeguards efficient governance. However,” Theodorou continued, “speaking for the refugees living in Britain, Lobby are reassured that the specific matter of property rights is high on the list of subjects to be discussed.”

Theodorou said, “As the president of the Republic of Cyprus, President Christofias represents all the people on the island despite the Turkish view to the contrary, and rightly must concern himself with rights of all Cypriots. We know that he is very much aware of the wishes of the 200,000 refugees who have not diminished in their will for a return to their ancestral homes.”

During the discussions, Theodorou said the leader of the occupied north has raised points that are “even worse than some in the discredited Annan Plan that was voted down by the citizens of the Republic, in 2004.”

Of course, Theodorou added, “we are sure that the removal of the 43,000-man Turkish army of occupation and the repatriation of the 160,000 Anatolian colonists imported into the country in defiance of all international laws will also be discussed and we hope they will be resolved, finally.”

Lobby for Cyprus is a non-party-political organisation, based in the UK, dedicated to the unification of the island through the removal of the 43,000-man Turkish army, the repatriation of the 160,000 Anatolian colonists imported into the north contrary to all international laws, and the return of all refugees to their homes.


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