In 1974 Turkey invaded Cyprus, illegally dividing the country and committing war crimes and mass human rights abuses. Hundreds of thousands of Greek Cypriots were ethnically cleansed by the Turkish army. Â 200,000 Greek-Cypriot were displaced, many are still missing. Today,the Turks are in no way cooperative and remain belligerent, all the while blaming the Greek Cypriots for Â not conceding more.
Turkish Cypriot President Eroglu says Turkish troops’ presence on divided island is red line for Turkey.
“The presence of Turkish troopsÂ in Cyprus is a red line forÂ Turkey and it will never approve their withdrawal,” Eroglu stressed.
Their presence complies with theÂ agreementÂ between Turkey, the United Kingdom and Greece, which appoints the three states as guarantors of the island’s two communities, Eroglu told the Anadolu Agency.
Noting that the sovereignty of the Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot communities is among the biggest issues causing deadlock in Cyprus talks, Eroglu added, “[Greek Cypriots] recognize our sovereignty, because the sovereignty of the unified Cyprus will be guaranteed by the two founder states – that is the Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot states.”
TRNC chief negotiator Kudret OzersayÂ andÂ the Greek Cypriot administration’s negotiatorÂ Andreas Mavroyannis metÂ at a United Nations-controlledÂ buffer zone on the island.
Negotiations over Cyprus are set to resume after a 2004 dealÂ put forward by former United Nations (UN) SecretaryÂ GeneralÂ Kofi AnnanÂ to reunify the Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot communities was defeated by a “no”Â vote in aÂ referendum held in the Greek Cypriot administration. The Turkish Cypriots hadÂ voted in favor of the Annan plan.
A joint declaration announced by the UN mission inÂ Cyprus on February 11 said a settlement between the two sides “will be based on a bi-communal, bi-zonalÂ federation with political equality.”
A solution would also be expected to address issues such as the constitutional framework, territorial adjustments, return of property to pre-1974 owners and/or compensation payments, return of displaced persons, andÂ residency rights/repatriation of Turkish settlers.
Turkish Islamic Apartheid against Greeks
End the illegal Turkish occupation
1 Remove all Turkish troops from Cyprus
2 Repatriate all colonists
3 Return all refugees to their homes without preconditions, restrictions or discrimination
Turkey continues to violate international law and United Nations resolutions that demand the withdrawal of the Turkish army and the right to return for Greek Cypriot refugees.
We are protesting because Turkey still maintains its illegal apartheid regime that racially discrimates against Greek Cypriots by preventing them from returning to their homes and lands.
The Greek Cypriots are the legal owners of 82 percent of land in the occupied north and we want to return. We will never give up our properties to those who seek to profit from their theft and illegal purchase.
Is it right that Turkey, which aspires to join the European Union still maintains military occupation of one third of the Republic of Cyprus, a country which is a full member of the EU?
The human rights of the Cypriots must be restored, so that we may live in a truly reunited Cyprus with the full rights enjoyed by all other EU citizens.
While Turkey continues violating the human rights of EU citizens and destroying the European culture of occupied Cyprus, it is unacceptable that it is allowed to proceed with EU accession negotiations.
We call on your support to put pressure on EU governments to help end the illegal occupation of Cyprus and to end Turkish apartheid in Cyprus.