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You can use the following sample letters as a basis for writing your own letters on a number of themes relating to the Cyprus issue.

Property
Example 1 - to Prime Minister
[Your name and address]

Prime Minister Gordon Brown
10 Downing Street
London
SW1A 2AA
 
[Date]

RE: The property issue in occupied Cyprus

Dear Prime Minister

I would like to call on you and the British government to declare as illegal any transactions involving the acquisition or occupation by third parties of Greek Cypriot owned land or property in the Turkish occupied north of the Republic of Cyprus.

It is settled law that:

• Greek Cypriots remain the only valid title holders of their lands and properties in Turkish occupied north Cyprus (as per the Loizidou v Turkey European Court of Human Rights decision, 1996).

• The Republic of Cyprus courts have jurisdiction over the land in occupied Cyprus. Any judgments against those illegally occupying land can be enforced against their assets in other EU member states (as per the ‘Apostolides v Orams’ European Court of Justice decision, 2009).

I would like to request that you clearly inform the British public via the government’s website that it is unlawful to purchase such lands and properties.

Furthermore, I ask you and the British government to acknowledge that Turkey is the only obstacle to a negotiated settlement and to take all necessary steps to ensure that the President of Cyprus Mr Christofias and Mr Eroglu are allowed to negotiate freely and without Turkey’s interference and intimidation.

[Yours sincerely]
[Your name]

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Example 2 - response to articles or promotions
[Your name and address]

[Name, title and address of recipient]
 
[Date]

RE: Property in the occupied north of Cyprus

Dear [name/title/sir/madam etc]

The vast majority of homes and properties in the occupied north of Cyprus are owned by the 200,000 Greek Cypriots who were ethnically cleansed by the Turkish army following its invasion of 1974.

The Greek Cypriots are the legitimate owners of their properties and the false title-deeds issued by the occupation regime are not worth the paper they are written on and this has been affirmed by judgments of the European Court of Human rights. Therefore the sale of such properties is illegal. Any ‘purchasers’ of such stolen property are risking legal action and the loss of their 'investment'.

The legitimate Greek Cypriot property owners are forbidden to return to their homes by Turkey and its illegal regime, in violation of international law. I find it highly offensive that through your [article/programme/promotion] you are promoting the illegal sale of the property of those who fled their homes and lands following atrocities committed the Turkish army.

Many of the Greek Cypriot refugees now reside in the UK and will no doubt be very offended by your [article/programme/promotion].

The following is an extract from website of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office which should be of interest to you:

"The European Court of Human Rights has ruled in a number of cases that owners of property in northern Cyprus prior to 1974 continue to be regarded as the legal owners of that property. The case of Apostolides v Orams established that a judgment of a court in the Republic of Cyprus, ruling in favour of the original Greek Cypriot owner of land in northern Cyprus and against subsequent British purchasers, could be enforced against them under EU law in the UK. 

Property owners and potential purchasers should also consider that a future settlement of the Cyprus problem could have serious consequences for property they purchase (including the possible restitution of the property to its original owners)."

[Yours sincerely/faithfully]
[Your name]