16th August 1996
The Rt Hon John Major The Prime Minister
Dear Mr Major,
In addition to my letter of 12th August that I hope
you have received, I am compelled to write to you again because
of New Developments in Cyprus.
On 14th August 1996 the illegal Turkish Occupation
Forces Murdered yet another Greek Cypriot, Solomos Spyrou Solomou,
aged 26, while he was climbing a flag pole in the Buffer Zone.
The autopsy confirms that he was killed by five shots to the Head,
Heart Lungs and Legs. Two British UN Peacekepers were also hit
and wounded by shots fired by the Turks. The UN Secretary-General's
Resident Representative to Cyprus, Gustave Feissel has said UNFICYP
was trying to take back Solomos Spyrou Solomou when "for
no reason whatsoever" the shooting began. He describes the
action taken by the Turks as "totally disproportionate".
A United Nations report on the incidents on Sunday 11th
August confirms "A Greek Cypriot demonstrator, Anastasios
Isaac, was beaten to death by a number of Turkish Cypriot demonstrators,
including three Turkish Cypriot policemen,". The report also
confirms "Grey Wolves" Terrorists participated in the
protest, and it also establishes that Turkish-Cypriot "police
shot at Greek Cypriot demonstrators from behind the Turkish Forces."
Both these Murders were Televised Live
as they happened.
I ask you once again to publicly condemn these cold blooded Murders,
if you have not done so already.
I must also ask you to Condemn Turkey for allowing Terrorists
onto the island, as proven by the United Nations. Failure to condemn
Turkey will show British hypocrisy in the light of the statements
made by the Government concerning its fight against Terrorism.
It is now blatantly obvious that it is Turkish Expansionism that
prevents the Cyprus problem from being solved.
Action MUST now be taken against Turkey to show that its
illegal occupation of Cyprus will no-longer be tolerated. This
is the only way that the Cyprus Problem can be solved,
since Turkey has remained intransigent for over 22 years, and
will continue to remain intransigent if no action is taken. Turkey
must no-longer be appeased.
I therefore must ask you to instigate an immediate Parliamentary
Debate, when Parliament re-convenes, on the issue of the killings
and Turkeys continued illegal occupation of Cyprus.
I wish you to submit or facilitate the submission of a parliamentary
motion on my behalf, whereby:
"The Parliament of The United Kingdom of Great Britain
and Northern Island,
Please also convey the text of this letter to the UN Security
Thank you very much in anticipation of your help which will bring
a solution the Cyprus problem a step closer.
Argyros George Argyrou BSc ARCS
cc. The Rt Hon Michael Morris (Northampton South) Deputy Speaker
The Rt Hon Michael Morris MP
House of Commons
London SW1A 0AA.
Thank you for your letter of 16 August enclosing
one from your constituent Mr A G Argyrou of *******************
Northampton ******, about Cyprus, I am replying as duty Minister.
Your constituent's outrage is fully understandable.
We are deeply concerned at the clashes in the UN Buffer Zone.
We deplore the acts of violence and have unreservedly condemned
the killing of these young men. We have made it clear both in
Ankara and to Mr Denktash that the reaction of the Turkish Cypriot
authorities to the unauthorised presence of demonstrators in the
UN Buffer Zone was out of all proportion to the provocation. We
have urged that those responsible for the killings should be brought
to justice. The Cypriot Government are also aware of our concerns
about the failure to prevent demonstrators from breaching the
integrity of the buffer zone as stipulated in UN Security Council
These horrific events demonstrate the fragility
of the status quo and that we must continue to work for a just
and lasting settlement. This will only come about through direct
negotiations between the leaders of both communities. We, and
the international community, are working actively to achieve this.
It is imperative that both communities respect the buffer zone
and refrain from further violence and provocation if real progress
is to be made.
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