Lobby for Cyprus is a non-party-political human rights organisation campaigning for a reunited Cyprus.
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20 July 2012
38 years of Turkish occupation in Cyprus
We will never give up the struggle to return to our stolen homes and lands.

38 years on since Turkey invaded Cyprus and imposed an artificial division on our island, our thoughts go to the victims of the invasion and occupation; to those who fell and lost their lives fighting for a free and united Cyprus; to the missing persons whose families want to know the fate of their loved ones; to the 200,000 refugees forced from their homes and land and are prevented from returning; to the enclaved who day by day continue to be oppressed, their human rights violated, while they hold onto their ancestral homes and lands far away from their family and friends.


38 years on and Turkey continues not to recognise the Republic of Cyprus, fails to abide by United Nations Security Council resolutions and continues year by year to change the demography of the occupied north of the island with more than 250,000 colonists imported from Turkey (according to recent estimates). Turkey continues to be intransigent and shows no interest in reaching a solution that does not satisfy its expansionist plans in the region. 

 

As from 1 July 2012 the Republic of Cyprus, a European nation, holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, an honour bestowed upon it as a result of its accession to the EU in 2004. The only country in the international community that does not recognise this presidency is Turkey, a country that wishes to join the European family. Will Turkey ever abide by the rule of law?

 

Despite concession after concession by successive Cyprus governments in order to demonstrate willingness for a solution, Turkey, the invader has shown no signs of moving one step forward. To the contrary, Turkey's stance clearly shows that it does not desire a bizonal solution but a confederation with the aim of final partition of the island in accordance with its longstanding plans. 

 

38 years on, we at Lobby for Cyprus are committed to see our nation, the Republic of Cyprus truly reunited for the benefit of all its citizens who should no longer be denied the fundamental rights and privileges enjoyed by all other EU citizens. 


We will continue our campaign for a free united Cyprus and our principles the 3Rs: 


• right to return of refugees to their homes

• removal of the 40,000 Turkish troops in the occupied north

• humane repatriation of the colonists who have no moral, historical or legal right to be in Cyprus