Action

ACTION CYPRUS

AN HEC PROJECT

Illegal training of pilots of illegal airline

 

Campaign of Protest

On 20 September 2006 the German airline Lufthansa signed an agreement on the education of pilots with the illegal so-called "Turkish Cypriot Airlines".

Please take action so that this agreement is revoked by emailing your views
to the following addresses. Be sure to include your name and address or telephone number.

konzernkommunikation@dlh.de, thomas.jachnow@dlh.de, rolf.halbroth@dlh.de, thomas.preinl@dlh.de, eline.dermaut@dlh.de, gudrun.gorner@dlh.de, wencke.lemmes@dlh.de, americaspr@dlh.de, nycgiintern@dlh.de, bernd.hoffmann.cip@dlh.de, clara.so@dlh.de, daniel.radandt@dlh.de, tal.muscal@dlh.de

Please also send a separate copy of your letter to
ACTION-CYPRUS@HEC.GREECE.ORG


SAMPLE LETTER AND FACT SHEET 

 

Dear Sir/Madam,

It has come to my attention that on 20 September 2006 Lufthansa signed an agreement on the education of pilots with the illegal so-called "Turkish Cypriot Airlines" which operates illegally in the occupied territories of the Republic of Cyprus. The agreement you have singed is morally reprehensible and violates the laws of the Republic of Cyprus and the European Union of which Cyprus is a member as well as the Chicago Convention on aviation and the resolutions of the United Nations Security Council, therefore I demand that you revoke it immediately otherwise you will face legal action and a customer and investor backlash.

In 1974 Turkey invaded Cyprus illegally in violation of over 30 exiting UN resolutions condemning its systematic aggression and numerous acts of terror, which it had perpetrated over the previous decade against both Greek and Turkish Cypriots. Over 200,000 Greek Cypriots who made up 90% of the population were brutally raped, tortured, murdered and ethnically cleansed from 40% of Cyprus territory by the invading Turkish forces and have never been allowed to return to their land and homes since.

The puppet state which Turkey has set up in occupied Cyprus referred to as 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) which also call upon all states not to assist this illegal entity in any way, therefore your agreement with the so-called "Turkish Cypriot Airlines" on the issue of the education of pilots is legally invalid and contrary to these resolutions and international law.

The so-called "Turkish Cypriot Airlines" operates illegally from buildings and lands which were stolen from Greek Cypriot owners who were brutally ethnically cleansed by Turkish forces in 1974 and have not been allowed to return in violation of numerous judgments of the European Court of Human Rights and over 100 resolutions of the UN Security Council and General Assembly passed since the illegal Turkish invasion. This land and property includes the illegal "Erkan" airport in the occupied Greek Cypriot village of Tymbou from which its 2000 inhabitants were ethnically cleansed. The resolutions of the UN and the judgments of the ECHR including Loizidou v. Turkey Application no. 15318/89, Cyprus v. Turkey, Application no. 25781/94 and Xenides-Arestis v. Turkey, Application no. 46347 which demand that this property is returned to its original Greek Cypriot owners.

Under Cyprus and EU law the use or exploitation of land or property belonging to Greek Cypriots, without their permission is a criminal offence and carries a two-year prison sentence and a heavy fine. The judgments of the Cyprus courts are enforceable in all EU member states and international arrest warrants can be issued for the arrest of anyone illegally using or exploiting Greek Cypriot property including Lufthansa employees.

The only legal political entity on the island of Cyprus 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 and whose authority and jurisdiction extends to all parts of the island including the occupied areas. Under the laws of the Republic of Cyprus and the EU it is illegal to enter the island through any ports or airports in the areas illegally occupied by over 40,000 Turkish troops since 1974. All points of entry in the occupied areas have been declared closed by the government of Cyprus and anyone entering through them is responsible for committing a criminal offence, which is punishable by the Cyprus and EU courts. Since the illegal "Erkan" airport in occupied Cyprus is built illegally on land belonging to ethnically cleansed Greek Cypriots from the village of Tymbou anyone entering Cyprus through this airport is liable to arrest in any EU member state and can be sentenced to 2 years imprisonment.

Airlines operating in the occupied part of Cyprus are not under effective control of the government of Cyprus and do not comply with European Union or international regulations including the Chicago Convention. They have not been registered or accredited by the Cyprus Ministry of Trade and their self-declared aviation accreditations are not recognised anywhere in the world except Turkey.

By continuing its relationship with the so-called "Turkish Cypriot Airlines," Lufthansa abets and perpetuates a blatant violation of international law as well as a transgression of basic human rights. I therefore urge you to cancel your so-called education agreement with the illegal "Turkish Cypriot Airlines" if you wish your integrity and reputation to be restored.

Yours faithfully,

 

THE FACTS

Lufthansa's agreement constitutes;

1.- Violation of Cyprus laws which declare the use of all ports and airports
in the occupied areas illegal.

2.- Violation of Cyprus laws which prohibit the illegal exploitation of
refugees property which now carry a sentence of two years in prison.

3.- Violation of Cyprus laws of trespass

4.- Violation of the European Convention of Human Rights (Right to
property).

6.- Violation of EU customs regulations which prohibit the use of the
illegal ports and airports.

7.- Illegal entry into the Republic of Cyprus.

8.- Illegal entry into the European Union.

9.- Illegal trade across EU borders.

10.- Encouraging the violation of Cyprus and EU laws through the promotion and use of illegal flights, and refugees property.

11.- Violation of the UN Resolutions 541(1983) and 550(1984)

12.- Violation of the Cyprus Flight Information Region.

13.- Illegal entry into Cyprus Air Space.

14.- Ignoring the Air Traffic Control Regulations.

15.- Flying without insurance.

16.- Illegal designation of an air flight.

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.

2001/2006 HEC and Argyros Argyrou. Updated on 12 October 2006.