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[Name, title, address of recipient]
RE: The Annan plan
Dear [name/title/sir/madam etc]
I am writing in response to your [article/report/programme title], [date] by [name of writer/reporter].
The Annan plan was rejected by the majority of Greek Cypriots because it was biased towards Turkey, the very country which invaded Cyprus in 1974 and that remains in illegal occupation of the north.
The plan would have:
- entitled Turkey to intervene in the affairs of Cyprus whenever it wished;
- allowed 30 percent of the island to be retained by Turkey in the guise of a Turkish Cypriot state whilst returning only seven percent to the Greek Cypriots;
- provided for the Turkish army to remain in Cyprus for the next 19 years;
- denied the vast majority of Greek Cypriot refugees the right to return to their lands;
- denied Cypriots the right to freedom of movement and to settle wherever they wish in their own country while this would be permitted to other EU citizens;
- permitted foreign nationals to purchase the very homes that Greek Cypriot refugees would be denied the right to return to;
- allowed more than 160,000 illegal colonists from Turkey to remain in Cyprus in the stolen homes of Greek Cypriots;
- deprived Cyprus, a European Union member state of its right to veto Turkey's accession to the EU if it thought fit.
The UN, the US and the EU in their desire to ensure that Turkey and the Turkish Cypriots accepted the plan accommodated the majority of Turkish demands while failing to meet the valid concerns of the Greek Cypriots.
It seems that rather than intending to solve the Cyprus issue, the purpose of the Annan plan was to absolve Turkey of its war crimes in Cyprus and to pave the way for its entry into the EU.
There has been little or no analysis of the content of the inequitable Annan plan by the international media and pressure and criticism has been brought to bear on the Greek Cypriots following their rejection of it. Why should the people who have lived as refugees in their own country for 30 years and who cannot return to their homes be punished for exercising their democratic right?
The Greek Cypriots did not vote against reunification of their island – they, more than anyone want to have the right to go back home – they voted against a plan that would legalise the occupation by Turkey and would effectively cause partition of the island. Why should they be punished for doing what any responsible member of a sovereign state would do?
One wonders what happened to democracy and respect for UN resolutions such as those that call for the removal of Turkish troops, the return of all refugees, and the repatriation of Turkish colonists.
Or do democracy and human rights not apply in the case of Cyprus?