Lobby for Cyprus has campaigned for a solution in accordance with international law since its inception and we have seen nothing since to force us to rethink our core principles for the reunification of Cyprus and the 3Rs.
It’s time to get back to basics and remind decision makers of the reasons why a solution needs to be found to the Cyprus issue. Turkey continues to illegally occupy 37 percent of the Republic of Cyprus, has stolen and concreted over the lands of the Greek Cypriots, has demolished and desecrated Europe’s rich Christian heritage in Cyprus, and committed what is undoubtedly a cultural genocide. But punishing the victims of aggression is one step too far. Since the two illegal Turkish invasions of 1974 the ethnically cleansed Greek Cypriots have consistently been bullied into accepting solutions that legitimise Turkey’s wrongdoing. The fundamentally flawed Annan plan, rejected by 76 percent of Greek Cypriots, was just the most recent example. Since 1974 Greek Cypriots have been forced to make concession after concession to meet western demands to keep Turkey happy. For example in 1977 and 1979 High Level Agreements were imposed on Greek Cypriots forcing them to concede that a genuinely united Cyprus would not reappear and that instead a bizonal, bicommunal federation would be created. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s constitutional concessions were sought, and obtained from Greek Cypriot negotiators. And what concessions have Turkey or the Turkish Cypriots made since 1974 in return? None.