Turkish Cypriot daily VATAN newspaper (06.03.07) reports that the illegal
Near East University (YDU) has signed a protocol for cooperation, exchange
of students at bachelors, masters and doctorate level and joint researches
with the Pharmaceutical Faculties of the universities of Strathclyde and Cardiff.
According to a statement issued yesterday by the YDU, the agreement was
signed on 2 March. The three universities agreed also to organize an
international congress on pharmaceutical issues in 2008.
Please protest to the Universities of Cardiff and Strathclyde
Replace Cardiff/Strathclyde with Cardiff or Strathclyde in the sample
It has come to my attention that Cardiff/Strathclyde
University and its School of Pharmacy have signed a cooperation agreement
with the illegal so-called "Near East University" (YDU) which operates in
occupied Cyprus in violation of the laws of the Republic of Cyprus, the EU
and Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention.
Turkey invaded Cyprus
illegally in 1974 in violation of over 30 existing UN resolutions condemning
its aggression and numerous acts of terror 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 cooperation
agreement with the so-called "Near East University " which
operates in violation of Cyprus, European Union and international law
contrary to these resolutions is illegal.
The so-called “Near East University” 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, including
resolution 550(1984) which demand this property is returned to its original
Greek Cypriot owners.
and EU law the use or exploitation of land or property belonging to Greek
Cypriots, without their permission is a criminal offence and now carries a
seven 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 students and faculty of Cardiff/Strathclyde University.
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 with heavy fines and imprisonment. Since the illegal Erkan
airport in occupied Cyprus
is built illegally on land belonging to over 200 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 7 years imprisonment. The illegal Erkan airport does not
comply with international aviation agreements or standards and therefore
its use puts passengers and civilians at risk.
Universities operating in the occupied part of Cyprus
are not under effective control of the government of Cyprus.
They have not been registered or accredited by the Ministry of Education
and Culture and their academic accreditations and certificates are not
recognised internationally. These so-called “universities” use
properties which are owned by persons holding title under the law of the Republic
of Cyprus and who have been
unlawfully excluded from their property.
Over 90% of the students at the so-called “Near
have been transferred to occupied Cyprus
illegally in violation of Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention which
prohibits an occupying power from transferring any part of its civilian
population to occupied territory.
In order to study in any part of Cyprus
a visa is required by all non-EU nationals and a residence permit and
student permit is required by everyone including EU nationals. These
permits can only be granted for studies at institutions registered by the
Republic of Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture. Since the so-called “Near
operates in occupied Cyprus
in violation of international law it is not registered or accredited by
the Ministry of Education and Culture.
By continuing its relationship with the so-called “Near East University,”
Cardiff/Strathclyde University abets and perpetuates a blatant violation of
international law as well as a transgression of basic human rights and
supports war crimes, theft of property and ethnic cleansing. I therefore
urge you to cancel your protocol for cooperation and publicly
apologise to the people of Cyprus.
The land and property where this illegal university
is located legally belongs to Greek Cypriot refugees who have been judged
by the ECHR to still be the legal owners [Loizidou v. Turkey (European
Court of Human Rights Application no. 15318/89), Cyprus v. Turkey, (ECHR
Application no. 25781/94), Xenides-Arestis v. Turkey, (Application no.
Anyone using or exploiting the land or property of Greek Cypriot refugees
including US citizens may be tried in the Republic of Cyprus with judgments
against them enforceable in any European State. (The Courts of the Republic
of Cyprus have the power following the passing of a law on 17.3.2005 by the
Cyprus House of Representatives with amends Article 281 of the Penal Code,
as a result of which the crime of illegal occupation, cultivation,
distribution or use of immovable property carries a prison sentence of up
to two years or/and a fine of up to ₤5000 equal to 11,013.22 US
Entering the occupied areas through ports and airports
declared closed to traffic by the Cyprus government and residing in hotels
in the occupied north constitute the following violations of Cyprus and
1.- Violation of Cyprus laws which declare the use of all ports and
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
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.