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To: Financial Times
27 April 2004
Re: Your articles 'Turks call for an end to isolation as division continues' and 'Greek Cypriots to help north'

Re: Your articles 'Turks call for an end to isolation as division continues' and 'Greek Cypriots to help north' Financial Times 26 April 2004

Frustration of being denied EU entry was not only evident in the Turkish occupied north of Cyprus but in the free part of Cyprus too. This is why the President of the Republic of Cyprus Mr Papadopoulos announced measures at the Luxemburg EU summit to assist the Turkish Cypriots economically and to help them enjoy all rights, as they would have, if a reunited Cyprus entered the EU on May 1st.

However it seems that many are forgetting that it was Turkey who created the Cyprus problem by invading the Republic in 1974, and occupying 37% of its northern territory, by forcibly removing  200,000 Greek Cypriots (one third of the total population of the island) from their homes and properties and transporting over 100,000 settlers from Anatolia to colonise the areas vacated by the Greek Cypriots. Needless to say, all these acts of aggression are in contravention of the UN charter and international law and have been condemned by the international community. Therefore it is ironic that the Turkish Prime Minister Mr Erdogan is calling for an end of the isolation of Turkish Cypriots, since it is his country that caused their isolation in the first place.

The reason that the Greek Cypriots voted NO in the referendum is not because they do not wish to see their country re-united, but because of the unfairness of the plan put before them. This Plan, grants the Turkish Cypriot minority of 18% equal power sharing in the new federal state; grants Cypriot citizenship to all illegal settlers (colonists); re-enforces Turkey's guarantorship, giving it the right to interfere in Cyprus's affairs whenever it wishes; expects the Greek Cypriots, many of the refugees from 1974, to foot the bill for the reconstruction of the occupied north of Cyprus and for compensating those refugees and property owners whose properties would not be returned and the list can go on.

It is therefore not difficult to see why 76% of the Greek Cypriots rejected the plan considered by many leading independent experts, as biased, inhumane and unworkable.

Yours sincerely
Lobby for Cyprus