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Media Watch 2007

17 November 2007
AsiaNews
"Forest guards began demolition work on the chapel without warning. Only the immediate protest of the prior of Haliki and Metropolitan Meliton avoided its total destruction. A Church in Kadikoy, ancient Calcedonia is also targeted by vandals."
10 November 2007
Independent
"The Turks say the Armenians died in a 'civil war', and Bush goes along with their lies... A clutch of Turkish generals and a multimillion-dollar public relations campaign on behalf of Turkish Holocaust deniers have transformed the lion into a lamb... They have blackmailed the Western powers – including our own British Government, and now even the US – to kowtow to their shameless denials."
26 October 2007
Cyprus Weekly
"Britain's branding was coined way back in the 13th century, and rings as true today as it did then! The latest example of this favourite British ploy is the British government's decision this week to sign an agreement with Turkey for the upgrading of the status of the illegal, breakaway Turkish Cypriot state in a form tantamount to all but full diplomatic recognition..."
22 October 2007
New Statesman
Brian Coleman, Consevative member of the London Assembly on occupied northern Cyprus, the treatment of Orthodox churches and why the government promotes Turkish membership of the EU "Last weekend I was in Cyprus to attend events to continue to protest about the Turkish occupation of North Cyprus in particular the beautiful town of Morphu, twinned with my home Borough of Barnet."
29 July 2007
Cyprus Weekly
Papoulias categorical during state visit to Armenia. TURKEY cannot pursue accession to the European Union while keeping an occupation army in another member state of the EU. This was the categorical declaration by Greece’s President, Carolos Papoulias, made in Yerevan, during a two-day state visit to Armenia.
02 July 2007
Cyprus News Agency
The decision of Britain's Court of Appeal, to refer to the Court of Justice of the European Communities for consideration, the hearing into a property case involving a Greek refugee and a British couple, is especially significant because it refers to the relevant court the resolution of issues which decisively affect the property issue in the occupied north, said here Monday Attorney-General Petros Clerides.
02 July 2007
Cyprus News Agency
Councillor Mike Freer, Leader of Barnet Council, says in a press release that he was ''appalled'' at British Prime Minister Gordon Brown's appointment of MP Joan Ryan as the government's special envoy to Cyprus.
30 June 2007
Cyprus News Agency
British MP for Chipping Barnet, Theresa Villiers, has written to new Foreign Secretary David Miliband to protest about Joan Ryan’s appointment as Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s advisor on Cyprus, noting in statements that she was "shocked to learn of this appointment," which is "a slap in the face for the Cypriot community."
30 June 2007
Cyprus News Agency
Cyprus' Permanent Representative to the UN Andreas Mavroyiannis, in accordance with the instructions received from the government, sent a letter dated June 22 to the UN Secretary General, protesting the ongoing demolition of Greek Cypriot houses by the Turkish occupation forces in the occupied town of Rizokarpaso, without the owners` consent.
29 June 2007
Cyprus Weekly
Regretfully, Blair’s promise turned out to be nothing but hot air, not to say deliberately deceitful, since his efforts, as the man generally regarded as the author of the disastrous Annan Plan, tended to achieve the opposite, forcing the vast majority of Greek Cypriots to reject it overwhelmingly in the special referendum.
29 June 2007
Cyprus Weekly
The restitution of refugees rights "is absolutely essential’’ for a comprehensive settlement of political problems, it was stressed here yesterday by the most authoritative international personality on refugee problems, the UN High Commissioner on Refugees, Antonio Gutierrez.
29 June 2007
Cyprus Weekly
RUSSIA will continue to support a solution of the Cyprus problem on the basis of UN Security Council decisions and resolutions.
01 June 2007
Cyprus Weekly
MPs yesterday denounced Turkey's usurpation of Greek Cypriot properties in the occupied north and urged Greek Cypriot owners at the same time not to become involved in such deals that may have a negative impact on the efforts for a just settlement and the return of refugee properties to their legal owners. The vote declared that, in addition to this "thieving exploitation" of the Greek Cypriot properties, Turkey persists with the destruction of the cultural heritage and the natural environment in the north.
01 June 2007
Cyprus Weekly
President George Bush used some stirring words in a speech marking last Monday's Memorial Day holiday, urging Americans to rededicate themselves to fighting for freedom around the world… Would that these were applied universally by the US President so that the rule of law and the rights of people were respected everywhere. Greek Cypriots, particularly the tens of thousands of refugees ethnically cleansed from the Turkish-occupied north of the island, have been praying for years that this were so!
01 June 2007
Cyprus Weekly
THE 200 Armenians returning to a Mediaeval monastery in the occupied areas were confronted with the building’s tragic decay. The walls of the Monastery of Sourp Magar echoed with prayer for the first time in the 33 years since the Turkish invasion.
01 June 2007
Cyprus Mail
TURKEY must pay 880,000 euros to Greek Cypriot refugee Myra Xenides-Arestis by August 22, following a final decision by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), lawyer Achilleas Demetriades said yesterday.
23 May 2007
Cyprus Mail
THE NUMBER of British house-buyers being cheated by developers, estate agents and builders in the occupied north has been steadily rising. People who have been the victims of dishonest developers, incompetent builders and crooked lawyers are now posting accounts of their experiences on a website, for prospective buyers to see.
19 May 2007
Cyprus Mail
DISY yesterday called on the European Union and the international community to recognise the Pontian Greek Genocide of 1916-1923.
13 May 2007
Cyprus Mail
‘Human rights concerns regarding Cyprus stem largely from the division of the island along a ceasefire line and the current unresolved political situation. The division of the island has consequences for the enjoyment, on the whole of the island, of a number of human rights including…property rights’ (Report by the UN Secretary General to the Commission on Human Rights, E/CN.4/2002/33, March 4, 2002).
04 May 2007
Cyprus Weekly
THE UN quashed all speculation that the July 8 accord has irretrievably broken down and affirmed international backing for the only process capable of paving the way to fresh reunification negotiations.
28 April 2007
BBC
"Turkey's ruling party has sharply criticised an army threat to intervene in politics, saying the military must remain under civilian control… The European Union earlier warned the army not to interfere in politics, saying the controversy was a test case for the military to respect democracy."
27 April 2007
Cyprus Weekly
"More than 90 years after the first genocide of the 20th century, Armenians still remember the loss of more than 1.5m of their ancestors who were massacred by the Turks or perished in forced marches into the desert."
27 April 2007
Cyprus Weekly
"The community's representative to Parliament, Vartkes Mahdessian, said on Wednesday: "It is time for Turkey's political leadership to find the courage to recognise the crimes committed by previous Turkish governments, vindicating the victims of the genocide - Armenian, Greek, Cypriot, Kurd, Arab, Pontian and others - within their hopes of joining the EU."
27 April 2007
Cyprus Weekly
"THE accession of Cyprus to the Eurozone will be judged exclusively on economic considerations, top EU leaders said this week."
27 April 2007
Cyprus Weekly
DISY MEP Panayiotis Demetriou has urged the European Commission to heed the call of Famagusta refugees and help return the ghost city to its rightful inhabitants.
27 April 2007
Cyprus Weekly
THREE years after Cyprus rejected the Annan Plan, the majority of Cypriots still say they would vote against it.
27 April 2007
Cyprus Weekly
Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot party chiefs have codified their wish for an army-free Nicosia in an accord to push for a mutual troop draw-down inside the capital.
27 April 2007
Cyprus Weekly
"THE prevailing unjust situation in Cyprus has to be abolished and a settlement must be based on principles, the President of Slovenia, the current holder of the rotating EU presidency, said yesterday."
27 April 2007
Cyprus Weekly
GREEK-American groups called on the US government to impose economic sanctions and an arms embargo against Turkey if it continues its illegal occupation of north Cyprus.
27 April 2007
Cyprus Weekly
"British Minister for Europe Geoff Hoon met with Foreign Minister George Lillikas in Nicosia to cement what they deemed a "new era" of "mutual understanding."
27 April 2007
Cyprus Weekly
"THE government has taken on board a motion passed by parliament urging Nicosia to make representations to Britain over London's refusal to pay for maintaining two large sovereign military bases on the island."
27 April 2007
Cyprus Weekly
BRITISH Minister for Europe Geoff Hoon said this week that London is willing to discuss the extent and range of its sovereign bases on Cyprus but implied that troop withdrawal is a non-starter.
26 April 2007
Financial Mirror
The elected mayors of the nine Turkish occupied municipalities of Cyprus have sent a letter to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour in relation to the Secretary General’s Report on the Situation of Human Rights in Cyprus.
18 April 2007
Cyprus News Agency
"The Mayor Morphou Charalambos Pittas said that the puppet regime in the Turkish occupied areas of Cyprus is bringing settlers to the occupied town of Morphou, in an effort to reap political gains."
18 April 2007
BBC
"Three people have been killed at a publishing house in Turkey that produced bibles, in an apparent attack on the country's Christian minority."
15 April 2007
Cyprus News Agency
"The European Parliament adopted Thursday a resolution on missing persons in Cyprus, calling all parties concerned to cooperate sincerely on a speedy completion of the appropriate investigations into the fate of all missing persons in Cyprus after the Turkish military invasion of 1974."
10 April 2007
Cyprus News Agency
"The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe has adopted a second interim resolution concerning the execution of a judgment, in May 2001, by the European Court of Human Rights in the case of Cyprus against Turkey."
04 April 2007
BBC
"Controversy is raging in Greece over a new school history book, which critics say is designed to improve relations with Greece's ancient rival, Turkey."
12 March 2007
Cyprus News Agency
"US Congressman Frank Pallone and 16 other colleagues have introduced bipartisan legislation that would allow US citizens, who own property in the Turkish occupied areas of the Republic of Cyprus, to seek financial remedies with either the current inhabitants of their land or the Turkish government."
07 March 2007
Independent
"Free-thinkers are under siege from a campaign of intimidation by the far right which has created a climate of repression and self-censorship."
28 February 2007
Cyprus News Agency
"Turkish English language TODAYS ZAMAN newspaper reports the following: “Turkey has paid more than 45 million euros in compensation since the European Court of Human Rights ruled against it in a number of cases, most of which involve a violation of property rights, according to Justice Ministry
08 February 2007
Cyprus Mail
"CYPRUS has officially protested to the UN over Turkish threats in relation to the oil and gas exploration off the island's coast."
07 February 2007
Cyprus government Press and Information Office
"Foreign buyers have started to cancel their purchase agreements for houses or plots…"
03 February 2007
Cyprus Mail
"The only necessary action which Turkey needs to take is to become accustomed to legality and respect international laws…"
02 February 2007
Cyprus Weekly
"Turkey' threats of war to prevent oil exploration by Cyprus at sea were strongly denounced yesterday by leading European officials…
02 February 2007
Cyprus Weekly
"A spokesman of the British High Commission said… "…the legal personality of the Republic of Cyprus, and its rights in international law, are not in doubt."… "in Washington, Foreign Department Sean McCormack said: "We recognise the Republic of Cyprus as a sovereign state""…
02 February 2007
Cyprus Weekly
"THE German EU Presidency will do its best to help bring forward unresolved core Human Rights issues,'' Peter Wittig, the Director General for Human Rights at Germany's Foreign Ministry, said here yesterday."
02 February 2007
Cyprus Weekly
"…opposition Disy yesterday said that the government should ask for the Security Council to convene and condemn the provocative actions of Turkey, following Cyprus’ decision to go ahead with the exploration of its offshore oil and gas reserves."
02 February 2007
BBC
"A probe has begun in Turkey after a man charged with killing a Turkish Armenian journalist appeared in a video posing with police and the national flag."
01 February 2007
30 Days in the Church and the world
The first European Parliament resolution officially critical of the situation of degradation and systematic despoliation which the artistic and cultural heritage of the north of Cyprus is suffering – occupied at it has been for 32 years by the Turkish army – goes back to 3 July 2006.
27 January 2007
Cyprus Mail
"TURKEY’S reaction to talk of oil and gas exploration off the south coast of Cyprus is as predictable as it is preposterous… As for the rights of Turkish Cypriots, they would undoubtedly exist if the Turkish Cypriots had remained part of the internationally recognised Republic of Cyprus." c
19 January 2007
BBC
"Hrant Dink, a writer and journalist, was one of the most prominent voices of Turkey's shrinking Armenian community. The 53-year-old editor was convicted in 2005 for writing about the Armenian "genocide" in 1915, a claim denied by the authorities in Ankara."
19 January 2007
Amnesty International
"Amnesty International deplores the murder in Turkey today of prominent Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink. The organisation believes that he was targeted because of his work as a journalist who championed freedom of expression."