Select Committee on Foreign Affairs Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence


National Federation of Cypriots in Great Britain

  We are submitting this memorandum in view of the decision of the Foreign Affairs Committee to carry out an inquiry into the United Kingdom's relations with Turkey and with reference to Turkey's prospects for accession to the European Union.

  Whilst we hope that the current negotiations lead to a positive result, we have no reason to be optimistic if past experience is anything to go by.

  We, as British citizens of Cypriot origin, wish to express our grave concern for the situation prevailing today in Cyprus as a result of the continued military occupation by Turkey of 37 per cent of the territory of Cyprus since her invasion of Cyprus in 1974, despite the numerous United Nations Resolutions on Cyprus, as well as resolutions of other international organisations, including the Council of Europe, the European Union, the Commonwealth and the European Court of Human Rights, which call for the respect of the sovereignty, the independence and the territorial integrity of the Republic of Cyprus, the speedy withdrawal of all Turkish troops from Cyprus, the return of all refugees to their homes in safety and the restoration of and respect for human rights of all Cypriots.

  Turkey, for the last 27 years continues to violate the human rights of the people of Cyprus. She continues:

    (a)  to refuse to allow the return of the refugees to their homes and properties in the occupied areas of Cyprus from which they were forcibly expelled;

    (b)  to oppress the few remaining Greek Cypriots in the Turkish occupied area;

    (c)  to colonise the occupied area of Cyprus with colonisers from Turkey in a systematic attempt to change the demographic structure of Cyprus as part of its long standing policy for the division of Cyprus; and

    (d)  to deliberately destroy the cultural heritage in the occupied area in a systematic attempt to turn it to a homogenous Turkish area.

  It is obvious that Turkey not only refuses to comply with the resolutions of the International Community, but on the contrary, insists on the legalisation of the present situation which is the result of the use of force in violation of the international law and the principles and values of the European Union—in particular the Copenhagen political criteria—of which Turkey is a candidate country.

  In regard to the continued violations of human rights by Turkey in Cyprus, we wish to refer to the Judgement of the European Court of Human Rights in the case of Cyprus v Turkey (10 May 2001) and the Judgements of the European Court of Human Rights in the case of Loizidou v Turkey of 8 December 1996 and 28 July 1998. We attach copies of the press releases of the Registrar of the Court, on these cases, which summarise the findings of the Court.[5]

National Federation of Cypriots in Great Britain

January 2002

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