Action

ACTION CYPRUS

AN HEC PROJECT

Illegal Trade with Occupation Regime

 

Campaign of Protest

Appended below is a draft letter. Please feel free to use as a model, but it is only effective if you use your own words and not simply copying/pasting verbatim.

Nick Giannoukakis

February 12, 2005

For the immediate attention of:

Regarding participation in the delegation to Turkish visit

cc. Investor/Media Relations

Dear. *****,

I am deeply concerned about your participation in a delegation of US corporations being courted by the regime occupying northern Cyprus. The Turkish media have confirmed that representatives of your company will fly into the occupied territories to hold contacts with the Turkish-Cypriot Chamber of Manufacturers as a first step of establishing operations in that area.

You may be aware that the only legal and internationally-recognised authority for Cyprus is the government in Nicosia. The so-called “Republic of Northern Cyprus” is an illegal entity that no other nation recognises except Turkey-which illegally invaded the island in 1974- and maintains more than 30,000 troops in support of a puppet regime. It is worth noting that a number of international conventions, UN, US and European Union forbid any commercial activity with the puppet regime and its entities (specific resolutions appended).

American corporations have nothing to gain and everything to lose should they choose to establish any form of relationship with the occupying regime and its entities. I am deeply troubled that US companies will be breaking international law-further eroding our image and democratic values in the eyes of the world at a time when we desperately need to demonstrate our leadership in the arena of values and morals. Of the many dilemmas US companies should consider prior to embarking on such an adventure, I only point out the following:

The properties that the occupation regime is flaunting to US companies and the land are properties seized by the Turkish forces in 1974 following the eviction of more than 200,000 Cypriots. Legally, the land and property titles are still in the hands of the Cypriots and if the Orams case in Great Britain is any indicator, transfer of these properties to foreign nationals, including corporations, will certainly result in seizure of the properties-certainly in Europe-of corporate assets to offset the illegal transfer. In fact, the US State Dept. clearly advises: “U.S. Citizens who buy property, particularly in northern Cyprus, may find their ownership challenged by people displaced in 1974. Prospective property buyers should seek legal advice before buying.”-State Dept. Travel Advisory (Jan. 28, 2005).

The occupied territories are known to harbor fronts, recruitment and training centers for international terrorists. Al-Qaeda, through the Chechen groups is but one of such operations running out of the occupied territories.

US agencies have identified “banks” in the occupied territories as major money-laundering centers and offshore havens for a number of illegal organisations.

That the regime and its institutions have no international recognition makes it completely illogical to expect any form of asset protection. It would be folly to invest in anything that cannot be backed up or enforced through international institutions. While you may be receiving suggestions that the US State Dept. will provide guarantees, our venerable foreign office has no such mandate nor can it realistically cover the losses and legal liabilities of US corporations in areas that are not legal or internationally-recognised. Such is reality.

It would be indeed sad to have the USA, its citizens and its image tarnished once again in the foreign arena. It would be even more sad if US corporations were to be seen investing in regimes which are maintained by rogue organisations, rogue operations and illegal activity. I implore you to reconsider your participation in this delegation. Please help maintain America’s reputation and image through your corporate governance and by promoting democratic values and the rule of law.

Respectfully,

 

*******

APPENDIX:

UN Security Council - RESOLUTION 1251 (1999) plus 53 Security Council Resolutions, 5 UN resolutions on missing persons, 4 UN resolutions on human rights. UN Security Council Resolutions 541(1983) and 550(1984).

 

House Subcommittee Unanimously Approves H.Con.Res. 164 Supporting Cyprus Accession to the EU July 25th, 2002.

Expressing the sense of Congress regarding the security, reconciliation, and prosperity for all Cypriots 2002 S. Con. Res. 122. November 18th, 2002.

European Parliament Resolution 19/09/1996 plus another 8 resolutions

 

US State Resolutions:

State of Michigan Feb. 12, 2002

State of Rhode Island Sept. 9, 1999

State of Pennsylvania July 20, 2002

State of New York July 20, 2002

 

Relevant articles:

Drug Money Laundering booming in Turkey and Turkish-Occupied Cyprus; By Orya Sultan Halisdemir / Turkish Daily News Sat April 12, 1997

-and US Dept. of Treasury Press Release August 24, 2004

-and www. Moneylaundering.com (Central Bank of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus)

-Al Qaeda's Balkan Links, Wall Street Journal Europe | November 1, 2001 | Marcia Christoff-Kurof.

 

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 February 2005