Illegal Trade with Occupation Regime



As a result of our campaign of protest over 150 letters were sent by our members and supporters to representatives of the American companies that were invited to visit the occupied areas of the Republic of Cyprus illegally so as to set up trade with the illegal puppet occupation regime and its vassals.


In response to our letters American Express claimed it was invited on the illegal visit but declined the offer. McDonald’s denied any involvement in the visit and condemned the illegal occupation of Cyprus. El Paso claimed it had no plans to visit the occupied areas of Cyprus. FedEx denied that it participated in the illegal visit but one of its allegedly “independent” service providers Coneks that is based in Turkey has subsequently been found to have participated.




According to Cyprus News Agency (18/02/2005) Oracle also claims not to have participated in the illegal visit but we cannot verify this directly.


According to Turkish Cypriot sources of the companies that did illegally visit the occupied areas in order to set up illegal trade all of their representatives were based in Turkey and were either native Turks or Turkish-Americans including the US trade attaché. This visit therefore constitutes a violation of the rights of the parent companies franchise holders in the Republic of Cyprus.


American companies are warned that if they try to do business illegally in the occupied areas of the Republic of Cyprus or try to illegally exploit refugees property they will harm their public image and face a consumer backlash as well as the power of the courts.

Campaign of Protest

Dear Friends:

Once again, we are called to support Cyprus. Two months ago, our efforts were successful in deterring primarily American Airlines as well as other US carriers from initiating direct flights from the US to the occupied territories. This time, another set of companies has been enticed to begin business in the occupied territories.

It is of the highest priority that you send a message to . In this list are the ten companies which plan to visit the occupied part of Cyprus on February 17, 2005 . Try to sensitize these companies with your message that they are going to violate international law and set themselves up for liabilities in exchange for investments of poor or dubious values, by acquiescing to enticements that are not in their business interests. These companies are being used politically.

In fact, US investment in the occupied territories will only add money to the coffers of illegal banks, casinos, crime lords with ties to al-Qaeda, gun-running and slave trade of minors which international law enforcement and intelligence concede exists in the occupied territories.


In your letter, please state your title, name, City and State of your residence.

Your voices need to be heard this week.


Hellenic Electronic Center










Jim Bernhard

Chairman and CEO

The Shaw Group Inc.

4171 Essen Lane

Baton Rouge, LA 70809


Phone: 225-932-2500

Main Fax: 225-932-2661



Douglas L. Foshee

President and CEO

The El Paso Corporation

1001 Louisiana Street

Houston, TX 77002

Phone: 713-4200-2600

Fax: 713-420-4417



Frederick W. Smith

Chairman, President, and CEO

FedEx Corp.

942 South Shady Grove Road

Memphis, TN 38120

Phone: 901-818-7500

Fax: 901-395-2000



Bruce E. Mosler

President and CEO

Cushman & Wakefield, Inc.

51 West 52nd Street

New York, NY 10019-6178

Phone: 212-841-7500

Fax: 212-841-7767



Brian L. Roberts

President, Chairman, and CEO

Comcast Corporation

1500 Market Street

Philadelphia, PA 19102

Phone: 215-665-1700

Fax: 215-981-7790



Larry Ellison

CEO and Director

Oracle Corp.

500 Oracle Parkway

Redwood Shores, CA 94065

Phone: 650-506-7000

Fax: 650-506-7200


Robert J. DiNicola

Chairman and Interim CEO

GNC Corp.

300 6th Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Phone: 412-288-4600

Fax: 412-288-4764



Thomas A. James

Chairman and CEO

Raymond James and Associates Inc.

880 Carillon Parkway

St. Petersburg, FL 33716-1102

Phone: 727-567-1000

Fax: 727-567-8915



L. Craig Downs

President and Chief Operations Officer

American Express Banking Corp.

4315 S. 2700 West

Salt Lake City, UT 84184

Phone: 801-845-3000

Fax: 801-945-4050





Delegation of ten American companies will visit illegally the occupied areas of Cyprus through the occupied Tymbou airport


Turkish Cypriot daily KIBRIS newspaper (11.02.05) reports that Mr Amer Kayani, the trade attaché of the USA Embassy to Ankara, along with a delegation of representatives ten American companies will pay an illegal visit the pseudostate on the 17th of February 2004.


As the paper writes, Mr Kayani and the delegation of the ten American companies will visit the pseudostate using the illegal Turkish Cypriot airlines and they will come to the island in a direct flight from the Istanbul Airport to occupied Tymbou airport.


The delegation, which will pay a one-day visit to occupied Cyprus, will hold contacts with the Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce and the Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Manufactures.


The ten American companies' names (as published) are the following:


Shaw/Stone & Webster -infrastructure and energy,

El Paso - energy,

FedEX Express - mail and cargo,

Cushman & Wakefield - immovable properties,

Comsat - telecommunications,

Oracle - software,

GNC - vitamins and health products,

World Trade Centre, small and medium-size companies support,

Raymond James -investments,

American Express Bank - banking.  


Boucher: US business delegation will visit occupied Cyprus


by Apostolis Zoupaniotis


New York, Feb 12 (CNA) --- US State Department spokesman Richard Boucher confirmed that an American business delegation will visit the Turkish occupied part of Cyprus, accompanied by the US Commercial Attache of the US Embassy in Ankara.



Cyprus government makes representations to US


Nicosia, Feb 12 (CNA) -- The Cyprus government has made representations to the US over a forthcoming visit to Cyprus' occupied areas of the US Commercial Attache at the US Embassy in Ankara, who will be escorting an American business delegation, Cyprus Foreign Minister George Iacovou told CNA.


According to the Turkish Cypriot press the delegation will fly from Turkey to the illegal airport in occupied Tymbou (Ercan).

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 3 March 2005.