Lobby for Cyprus is a non-party-political human rights organisation campaigning for a reunited Cyprus.
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06 June 2007
Sincerity of Turkish side in doubt says Lobby for Cyprus
London--"Although the Republic of Cyprus is contributing to the implementation of the July 8, 2006, UN-brokered, agreement paving the way towards a political settlement of the divided island," said Theo Theodorou, spokesman for Lobby for Cyprus, "it would appear that the only consideration of the Turkish Cypriots and of Turkey is to give credence and status to the illegal regime in the Turkish-occupied part of the island."

London--"Although the Republic of Cyprus is contributing to the implementation of the July 8, 2006, UN-brokered, agreement paving the way towards a political settlement of the divided island," said Theo Theodorou, spokesman for Lobby for Cyprus, "it would appear that the only consideration of the Turkish Cypriots and of Turkey is to give credence and status to the illegal regime in the Turkish-occupied part of the island."

Theodorou added, "Neither party wishes to display the political will that would create prospects for progress towards a solution."

He was concurring with the view expressed by the Republic's spokesman, Vasilis Palmas, that recent statements from the Turkish side have made it obvious that "their sole concern at this stage is to try and upgrade the status of the Turkish Cypriot regime."

Theodorou noted that although Cyprus is the victim of a Turkish invasion and Turkish occupation of more than 38 per cent of the country, it has been only the Republic that has made any concessions toward a solution. "Already, Cyprus has set in train many programmes that will help the people of the north, in keeping with the July 8 accords," Theodorou said, "but we have yet to see one step from the other side."

As one example, he cited the fact that more than 35,000 Turkish Cypriots have received Passports from the Republic and, thus, enjoy full rights as citizens of the European Union, "despite the self-imposed policy of isolation by their leaders."

Lobby for Cyprus is a non-party-political organization that seeks to re-unite Cyprus be demanding that the 40,000-man Turkish Army is removed from the island, that the 160,00 Anatolian colonists imported into the north to change its demographics are repatriated to Turkey, and all refugees are permitted to return to their homes.