Action

ACTION CYPRUS

AN HEC PROJECT

Illegal travel to occupied Cyprus

 

Campaign of Protest

Send complaints to
 
mailbox@mirror.co.uk, feedback@mirror.co.uk, mirrornews@mgn.co.uk
 
The Editor of the Daily Mirror and Pat Wellard
 
Dear Sir/Madam,
 
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...”
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/tm_objectid=16583584&method=full&siteid=94762&headline=travel--peace-prize-winner--name_page.html

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 Cypriots.
 
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 areas illegal.
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 airports.
7.- Promoting Illegal entry into the Republic of Cyprus.

8.- Promoting Illegal entry into the European Union.
9.- Promoting  Illegal trade across EU borders.
10.- Encouraging the violation of Cyprus and EU laws through advertising and the use of illegal flights
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 without insurance.
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.


Yours faithfully,
 
 

A grieving mother holding photos of her missing son.
1600+ men, women and children still missing
Greek Cypriots taken prisoner and transported to Turkey.
up to 70,000 held hostage in concentration camps

A Greek Cypriot napalmed by the Turkish air-force.
5000+ massacred
Greek Cypriots subjected to humiliating and degrading treatment.
thousands raped and tortured
200,000 ethnically cleansed

Christian gave stones smashed by the Turks.
500+ churches desecrated or destroyed

The murder of Tasos Isaac.
murders of refugees continue to this day

The murder of Solomos Solomou.

2001/2005 HEC and Argyros Argyrou. Updated on 14 January 2006.