[Your name and address here]
The Travel Editor
90 York Way
London N1 9GU
Guardian travel feature ‘The top 10 sun spots to escape Britain’s endless winter’
Dear Ms Bowes
I am writing to you regarding the travel feature on the Guardian website: ‘The top 10 sun spots to escape Britain’s endless winter’, 7 April 2013.
I am dismayed that you recommend in your list the area of the Republic of Cyprus that is under illegal Turkish military occupation.
In 1974 Turkey invaded Cyprus and expelled the Greek Cypriot population from the northern area of the country. Civilians fled following mass killings, torture and rape by the Turkish army which committed human rights violations in order to create the ethnically cleansed illegal entity that you choose to describe as ‘Northern Cyprus’.
The town you refer to as so-called ‘Alsancak’ is actually Karavas. In Turkey’s efforts to extinguish Greek and Christian cultural heritage, all occupied places were given fabricated names to perpetrate the myth that the area is and always was Turkish.
Furthermore, according to information published on websites of the government of Cyprus, the hotel resort you promote is actually owned by Greek Cypriots.
Not only is your feature offensive to Greek Cypriots who are forbidden from returning to their homes and lands on the basis of their ethnicity, it seems that the Guardian is promoting a stolen property for tourism, therefore encouraging people to commit trespass. Visitors therefore run the risk of legal action being taken against them by the legitimate owners.
I am surprised that the Guardian, which usually considers ethical values, promotes an occupied territory and the stolen lands of displaced persons and refugees, for the enjoyment of others.
I would request that the Guardian removes such promotions from its website and refrains from further advertising of the illegally occupied area of Cyprus as a holiday destination while the legitimate owners and inhabitants are prevented from returning.
I look forward to your response on this upsetting matter.
[Your name here]