Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Brutal Turkish invasion of Cyprus remembered in European Parliament

Poster in the European Parliament regarding the illegal occupation of northern Cyprus
I was in the European Parliament in Brussels recently when a display regarding the Cyprus presidency of the Council of the European Union caught my eye.

I took these snaps (above and below) of a couple of wall hangings which refer to the brutal and illegal occupation of northern Cyprus by Turkish invaders which occured in 1974 and continues to this day.

I have a great deal of sympathy for the people of Cyprus and I would recommend the website of the Lobby for Cyprus for anyone who wants to find out more about this important issue.

Here is a bit of background on the invasion taken from this site:
The northern area of Cyprus is currently under illegal occupation since the Turkish invasion of 1974.
On 15 July 1974 the military junta then ruling Greece carried out a short-lived coup to overthrow the democratically elected government of Cyprus. On 20 July 1974, Turkey, using the coup as a pretext, launched a massive military invasion, purportedly to restore constitutional order. Despite the collapse of the coup, restoration of the legitimate government of Cyprus, and a ceasefire agreement, Turkey launched a second invasion on 14 August 1974. Turkey seized 36.2 percent of the territory of the Republic of Cyprus and it maintains an illegal military occupation in the northern areas of the island to this day.
In its invasions, Turkey conducted mass systematic human rights abuses against the Greek Cypriots, ethnically cleansing them from their ancestral lands.
Human rights violations have been and continue to be directed against Greek Cypriots because of their ethnicity, religion and language. Such discrimination is explicitly prohibited under the European Convention of Human Rights (article 14) and the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU (article 21).
"...The Commission has found…that the acts violating the Convention were exclusively directed against members of…the Greek Cypriot community…Turkey has failed to secure the rights and freedoms set forth in these articles without discrimination on the grounds of ethnic origin, race and religion as required by article 14 of the Convention..."
Council of Europe, European Commission of Human Rights, Application Nos. 6780/74 and 6950/75, Cyprus v. Turkey

For a wealth of further information on this issue the Action Cyprus is also worth a look. 

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This is the country that Mr Cameron is desperate to have in the EU. No surprise the Greeks don't like them much, after all they were occupied by the Ottoman Turks for centuries and the Turks seized and islamified the Eastern Roman Empire with its jewel of Constantinople and its Hellenic Christian civilisation. Islamic conquest was halted in Poitiers and at the Gates of Vienna but now due to anti-Christian Marxist forces in Europe and America it is on the march once again. Christians have been driven out of Iraq totally - remember Sadam Hussein's right-hand man was a Christian - and fled to Syria and are now being driven out of there. Within a few decades they will have achieved such power in Europe that they will be able to islamify the continent at the point of the sword as they did in North Africa and the Middle East. There is now an unholy alliance of Islam and Marxism to bring down European Christian Civilisation and destroy Christianity's heartland. Undoubtedly, there will be those who cry that Christianity was not always perfect but I hope you enjoy the alternative. Only Holy Russia will save us from this. Of course European political leaders cannot comment as they have been engaged in the ethnic cleansing of Europeans from their native lands for the last six decades.