Lobby for Cyprus is a non-party-political human rights organisation campaigning for a reunited Cyprus.
Print this page Print Bookmark and Share

To: Financial Times
27 April 2004
"Realities behind the failure over Cyprus"

I was pleased to read the article by Shlomo Avineri "Realities behind the
failure over Cyprus
" in today's edition (FT 27 April 2004). At last someone has read the Annan Plan and is honest enough to recognise that it does not accord with international law or with fundamental EU principles such as freedom of movement.

External Relations Commissioner, Chris Patten, European Parliamentary President, Pat Cox, Enlargement Commissioner, G√ľnter Verheugen and Richard Boucher, spokesman for the US State Department, have all been vociferous in their condemnation of the Greek Cypriots. They have failed to accept that 76% of Greek Cypriots took a courageous decision to reject the Plan for the simple reason that it would effectively legalise Turkey's occupation of the north and would mean a de facto partition of the island whose territorial security would
depend on Turkey's goodwill.

It is patently clear that the Plan was one designed to ensure that Turkey supported it because it was feared that Turkey, which has consistently failed for 30 years to cease its illegal occupation of Cyprus, would reject the Plan.

Rather than condemn the Greek Cypriots the above spokesmen should understand that the Greek Cypriots want a reunification of their island just as much as the Turkish Cypriots do.  However, they cannot agree to a plan which rewards Turkey for its human rights abuses, invasion and occupation and allows it to maintain a
stronghold on the third of the island that it took by force in 1974.

In order to facilitate Turkey's accession to the EU, the UN, EU and the US should concentrate their efforts on forcing Turkey to rectify its abysmal record on human rights. A truly fair settlement in Cyprus which requires Turkey to remove its 40,000 Turkish troops, to remove its 100,000 colonists and to allow the refugees to return to their homes would be a good start.

Yours sincerely
Lobby for Cyprus