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13 June 2007
'Turkish Cypriots are choosing to enjoy Republic's benefits', Lobby for Cyprus says
London--"The latest figures from Nicosia give the lie, once again, to Turkish claims that the people living in the illegally-occupied north of the island, are isolated," declared Theo Theodorou, a spokesman for Lobby for Cyprus. According to the recent report, Turkish Cypriots have 49,156 Republic passports, 79,497 of them have Republic identity cards, and 90,920 have Republic birth certificates. The figures are accurate as of May, 2007.

London--"The latest figures from Nicosia give the lie, once again, to Turkish claims that the people living in the illegally-occupied north of the island, are isolated," declared Theo Theodorou, a spokesman for Lobby for Cyprus.

According to the recent report, Turkish Cypriots have 49,156 Republic passports, 79,497 of them have Republic identity cards, and 90,920 have Republic birth certificates. The figures are accurate as of May, 2007.

"With these documents, the Turkish Cypriots are free to travel not only in the Republic but also, as citizens of the European Union, throughout Europe," said Theodorou "That hardly constitutes isolation," he stated, adding "It would appear that the Turkish Cypriots are defying their leaders."

In addition to their complete freedom of movement, Theodorou pointed out, "these Turkish Cypriots may also work in the Republic and send or take money to the north without paying any taxes in the Republic."

Despite the efforts of Turkey and the leaders of the Turkish Cypriots to have the so-called government of the occupied north recognised as a legitimate one, only Turkey recognises it. Therefore, Turkey's claim of "isolation" is designed to pressure the EU and the UN into recognition of the existence of that government.

The news of the actions of the Turkish Cypriots to defy the efforts of their leaders and accept the benefits of citizenship of the Republic comes after Nicosia had announced initiatives to establish joint ventures and other opportunities between businesses in the Republic and those in the occupied north. These programmes are a continuing part of the Republic's compliance with the July 8, 2006, agreement, which the north has yet to honour by any action.

"However, encouraging are these figures," Theodorou said," there is no substitute to the genuine reunification of the island, and this can be achieved when Turkey removes its 40,000-man army, takes with it the 160,000 Anatolian colonists who were brought in to change the demographics of the north, and all refugees are permitted to return to their homes."

Lobby for Cyprus is a non-party-political organisation dedicated to the reunification of the island of Cyprus.