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The Editor of the Daily
Mirror and Pat Wellard
I am writing to complain
about the following offensive article which appeared in the Daily Mirror on
Saturday 14 January 2006, which is promoting illegal travel to occupied
Cyprus and trespass on Greek Cypriot owned property.
“PEACE PRIZE WINNER
TRANQUIL NORTH CYPRUS
TAKES PAT WELLAND'S BREATH AWAY...”
Your article fails to
mention that in 1974 over 200,000 Greek Cypriots who owned 90% of the land
and property in occupied northern Cyprus, including virtually all of the
tourist instillations, were brutally ethnically cleansed by the Turkish
army. Far from being tranquil as described by your article over 7,000 Greek
Cypriots were murdered and over 1,000 women were raped. Over 1,500 Greek
Cypriots who were held prisoner in Turkish concentration camps failed to
return and their present whereabouts is still unaccounted for by Turkey.
Over 500 Greek Orthodox churches in occupied Cyprus were desecrated, with
graves smashed to pieces, priceless Byzantine mosaics and frescos hacked
from the walls and relics looted. Most of these churches have now been
completely destroyed or turned into latrines, stables, casinos or brothels
but this is something that the Turkish occupation regime wants to keep
hidden. By voting in favour of the Annan plan the Turkish Cypriots did not
vote for peace and reunification but they voted to legalise these crimes
against humanity since the Anann plan did not allow the Greek Cypriot
refugees to return to their homes or provide them with compensation but
sought to turn Cyprus into two virtually independent states partitioned
through a system of all pervasive apartheid in accordance with the Turkish
policy of Taksim which is why the plan was so resoundingly and utterly
rejected by the Greek Cypriots with 76% majority.
The so-called “Turkish
Republic of Northern Cyprus” has been declared "legally invalid"
by the United Nations Security Council in resolutions 541(1983) and
550(1984) therefore there is no such entity as “North Cyprus” as the
occupied areas are described in your article. The only legal political entity on the
island is the Republic of Cyprus, which is the legal government and
represents all of the people on the island including both Greek and Turkish
The Government of the
Republic of Cyprus which holds sovereignty over all of the territory of the
island of Cyprus, including the areas illegally occupied by over 40,000
Turkish troops since the illegal Turkish invasion of 1974, has declared all
the harbours and airports in occupied Cyprus closed to traffic and any
entry from these points is illegal. This is the law of the country, which
your reporter Pat Wellard violated by travelling illegally to occupied
Cyprus via Turkey instead of travelling directly to the free areas and
using the UN controlled grossing point on the Green Line. Further more your
reporter stayed at an illegal hotel, which is built on Greek Cypriot owned
land whose owners are entitled under Cyprus law to sue for trespass anyone
who is illegally using or exploiting their property which is an offence
which is punishable by two years imprisonment. Since this offence carries a
mandatory two years sentience anyone indicted face compulsory extradition
to Cyprus from any EU member state to face charges.
In addition your article
fails to warn readers that the airport in the village of Tymbou which your
reporter used is built on stolen property of Greek Cypriot refugees who
formed the 1288 strong population of this exclusively Greek Cypriot
populated village. These people are entitled under Cyprus and EU law to sue
anyone for trespassing on their property. They are the legal owners of the
Tymbou airport land and your paper is engorging its readers to violate their
rights and commit a criminal offence, which is punishable by 2 years
imprisonment, which is enforceable in the Untied Kingdom through
extradition treaties between Cyprus and all EU member states.
By flying to occupied
Cyprus you are liable for:
1.- The Violation of
Cyprus laws which declare the use of all ports and airports in the occupied
2.- The Violation of
Cyprus laws which prohibit the illegal exploitation of refugees property
which now carry a sentence of two years in prison.
3.- The Violation of
Cyprus laws of trespass.
4.- The Violation of the
European Convention of Human Rights (Right to property).
6.- The Violation of EU
customs regulations which prohibit the use of the illegal ports and
7.- Promoting Illegal entry into the Republic of Cyprus.
8.- Promoting Illegal
entry into the European Union.
Illegal trade across EU borders.
10.- Encouraging the
violation of Cyprus and EU laws through advertising and the use of illegal
11.- The Violation of the
UN Resolutions 541(1983) and 550(1984)
12.- The Violation of the
Cyprus Flight Information Region.
13.- Promoting Illegal
entry into Cyprus Air Space.
14.- Ignoring the Air
Traffic Control Regulations.
15.- Promoting flying
16.- Illegal designation
of an air flight.
As well as having violated
and encouraging people to violate these laws and the property rights of
Greek Cypriot refugees the Daily Mirror is causing grave offence to over
400,000 Greek Cypriots who live in the UK most of whom were brutally
ethnically cleansed from their homes in occupied Cyprus by Turkish forces
in 1974 or have relatives who suffered from ethnic cleansing and other
crimes against humanity which were perpetrated by Turkey, the Daily Mirror
is also bringing its reputation and that of the United Kingdom into
disrepute, therefore I demand that the Daily Mirror print a public apology
with the same prominence as the original article and warn its readers
against illegal travel to the illegally occupied areas of the Republic of
Cyprus and make it clear that they may be committing a serious criminal
offence punishable by imprisonment, such as trespass on Greek Cypriot own
property which includes the land the illegal airports of the occupation
regime are built on and ninety percent of the hotels in the occupied areas,
if they enter the occupied north illegally or choose to stay overnight.