Lobby for Cyprus is a non-party-political human rights organisation campaigning for a reunited Cyprus.
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Summer 2009 Issue 22

27 July 2009
Issue 22 Quotations

“Buying Greek Cypriot property in the north of Cyprus is just like walking into a jewellery shop and stealing a ring – it is theft.”

Roger Gale MP, at Cyprus and the Human Rights of Refugees – Property Rights and Cultural Heritage meeting at House of Commons, organised by Ayios Amvrosios Association (UK) in collaboration with Lobby for Cyprus, 8 June 2009


“The European Court of Justice decision is a great decision that is 100 percent binding and has my political support.”

Dr Charles Tannock MEP, at Cyprus and the Human Rights of Refugees – Property Rights and Cultural Heritage, meeting, House of Commons, 8 June 2009


“Attachment to land and property, and sense of place, is very deep-rooted in Cyprus. The wrenching out of those roots has been unusually painful… the village remains his or hers… the estrangement of one-third of the island, the alienation of it in perpetuity by an invader, that is shocking and unbearable.”

Christopher Hitchens, Cyprus: Hostage to History


“They knowingly moved into other people’s land… they knowingly put themselves into this situation… they could’ve bought property that belonged to Turkish Cypriots… but they went for the risky option.”

Constantis Candounas, lawyer of Greek Cypriot refugee Meletis Apostolides, on the Orams who illegally acquired Mr Apostolides’ land in occupied Cyprus. Mediterranean Nightmares, Tonight programme, ITV, 5 June 2009


“They’ve invested in some of the world’s most risky property, some of the world’s most dangerous real estate…”

Guardian journalist Helena Smith, Mediterranean Nightmares, Tonight programme, ITV, 5 June 2009