Illegal exploitation of refugees property in occupied Cyprus


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Tim Percival
Director of Powell Dobson

Dear Mr Percival,

It has come to my attention that Powell Dobson Partnership is engaged in the illegal exploitation of refugees property in occupied Cyprus, specifically in the Karpass peninsula and other areas in conjunction with Alexander's Overseas. (As published by Sion Barry in the May 4 2005 edition of the Western Mail.)

Under Cyprus law the exploitation of refugees property in the occupied areas of the Republic of Cyprus is a strictly illegal criminal offence and carries a mandatory two year prison sentence which is enforceable in all EU member states via an EU arrest warrant.

If you continue with the exploitation of the property of the 200,000 Greek Cypriot refugees who were brutally ethnically cleansed from the northern districts of the Republic of Cyprus by Turkey in 1974 you will be in violation of the following Cyprus and EU laws.

1.- Violation of the laws of the Republic of Cyprus which prohibit the illegal possession, use and exploitation of refugees property which is a criminal offence and now caries a sentence of two years in prison.

2.- Violation of Cyprus laws of trespass.

3.- Illegal development of property in the Republic of Cyprus.

4.- Failure to comply with the planning and building regulations of the Republic of Cyprus.

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

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

7.- Encouraging the violation of Cyprus and EU laws through the advertising the sale of refugees property without their permission.

8.- Theft of property

9.- Illegal destruction of property

10.- Violation of EU customs regulations which prohibit the use of the illegal ports and airports in occupied Cyprus which have all been decaled closed to traffic.

11.- Illegal trade with the occupation regime and its vessels and carrying out business illegally on the Republic of Cyprus territory in violation of Cyprus and EU laws.

12.- Violation of Cyprus and EU tax and VAT regulations.

13.- Violation of Cyprus and EU employment regulations.

14.- Illegal entry into the Republic of Cyprus.

I therefore demand that you cease all operations in the occupied areas of the Republic of Cyprus immediately and inform me that you have done so.

Information of your illegal activates in the occupied areas of the Republic of Cyprus has been communicated to the relevant Cyprus authorities and to the Greek Cypriot refugees who legally own 95% of the land and property in the occupied areas of Cyprus and who have been judged by the European Court of Human Rights as being the only legitimate owners of their property.

If you fail to do as we ask you will face criminal and civil proceedings initiated by the refugee whose property you are illegally exploiting and by the government of Cyprus in both the Cyprus and British courts. In the past few months 12 such cases have been initiated against persons or companies engaged in the illegal exploitation of refugees property including British estate agent Mark Unwin against whom a European Arrest Warrant has been

issued and Linda and David Orams who has been ordered by the Cyprus courts to demolish the villa they have constructed on land belonging to a Greek Cypriot refugee and to pay compensation and return the land to its legitimate owner, and 300 similar cases are being prepared.


Yours faithfully,


cc. Powell Dobson Partnership
Links Business Park
Fortran Rd
St. Mellons

t: 029 20 799 699
f: 029 20 791 212

cc. Powell Dobson Partnership
3rd Floor Suite
Sun Alliance House
166-167 St. Helens Road

t: 01792 644 884
f: 01792 644 807




Welsh architects in apartments deal

 May 4 2005

 Sion Barry, Western Mail

 A SOUTH WALES firm of architects has won a contract to design 250 holiday apartments for a new 15m scheme in northern Cyprus.

 In a contract win that takes them to the Mediterranean island for the first time, Powell Dobson will be working closely with developer Cyprus-based Sarcon Homes to deliver phase three of the holiday development, situated on the southern edge of the Karpas Peninsula.

 The holiday development at Boaz will consist of one, two, three and four-storey town houses, studios and penthouse apartments totalling 214,000sq ft on a three- acre site, which will be available on an owner occupied and buy-to-let basis.

 Tim Percival, director of Powell Dobson, said, "This is an exciting contract for us - not least because it allows us to spread our wings geographically. While we are currently working on projects across the whole of the UK, it is a little more unusual for us to win something that involves a four-and-a-half hour flight to get to the site.

 "The development is being designed to a high specification and is in keeping with its surrounding environment. As the apartments will be staggered in height with a mixture of two, three and four storeys, most will have sea views."

 The development will consist of four quarters, each of which will be clustered around a communal area that will house a garden and swimming pool.

 At the heart of the development will be a square, off which will be located a 5,000sq ft health suite together with bistros, restaurants and shops.

 The development is edged by a river, which will become an important water feature and promenade frontage for the site.

 Mr Percival added, "Northern Cyprus is really beginning to take off as a holiday destination. It has become a lot more accessible over recent years and people are beginning to discover just how beautiful it is.

 Detailed planning application will be submitted over the next three months with start of work on site planned for the end of summer. The development will be phased and will take approximately two years to complete in its entirety.

 The sole UK agents for the site are Alexander's Overseas.

 Powell Dobson is one of Wales's leading firms of architects.

 The firm employs 84 staff from its two offices in Cardiff and Swansea.


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 7 May 2005.