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RE: Cultural destruction in occupied Cyprus
Dear [name/title/sir/madam etc]
I am writing to complain about your [article/programme/promotion] regarding the area of Cyprus that is currently under illegal Turkish occupation.
I would like to correct your claim that the occupied area is ‘unspoilt’ – this is not the case.
Following the ethnic cleansing of the indigenous 200,000 Greek Cypriots, concerted efforts have been made to destroy the rich Greek, Christian and European cultural heritage of the occupied area.
To say the occupied north is ‘unspoilt’ is completely untrue.
More than 530 churches and monasteries have been pillaged, vandalised, or destroyed. Churches, chapels and monasteries have been converted to military storage facilities, stables and night-clubs; churches have been converted to mosques, used as military facilities, stockyards or hay barns.
All the Greek names of towns and villages have been renamed in Turkish to erase any trace of the history and culture of the island.
It not for nothing that the plight of the heritage of occupied Cyprus is often described as ‘cultural genocide’.
I look forward to hearing from you on this upsetting matter.
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