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APPG For Cyprus And UK Cypriots Oppose Turkey`s Partitionist Agenda.

APPG For Cyprus And UK Cypriots Oppose Turkey`s Partitionist Agenda.

Both the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Cyprus and the National Federation of Cypriots in the UK have written to UK Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab ahead of the five-plus-one meeting on Cyprus, in Geneva, at the end of April.

The letters express clear support for a reunified Cyprus as a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation in line with UN Security Council resolutions and also call on the British Government to unequivocally oppose Turkey`s partitionist agenda.

The first letter, by Sir Roger Gale MP, Chair of the APPG for Cyprus, makes clear that Cyprus should be reunified in accordance with “the internationally accepted model of a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation with political equality, as defined by the relevant UN Security Council resolutions”.

The letter also states that “British interests in the region are best served by having a “reunified, stable and truly independent Cyprus. It is therefore essential that the system of guarantees that has failed Cyprus so badly in the past is abolished.”

Underlining Turkey’s negative approach towards reunification efforts, pointing out recent actions on Varosha and “unlawful drilling attempts in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of the Republic of Cyprus,”, the APPG letter says that “these actions clearly demonstrate that we cannot underestimate or downplay the statements made, or intentions telegraphed, by senior Turkish officials.”

Specifically, they note that in the months leading up to the five-plus-one meeting in Geneva, President Erdogan of Turkey and Turkish Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar have both publicly called for the partition of the island.

The letter concludes by calling on the British Government to play a constructive role in the upcoming meeting and “stand firmly on the side of international law and UN resolutions.” The APPG for Cyprus also highlights that the UK has a duty to uphold the relevant UN Security Council resolutions as a Permanent Member of the UN Security Council.

The letter is co-signed by the APPG’s cross-party leadership team: Lord Adonis (Labour), Bambos Charalambous MP (Labour), Christine Jardine MP (Liberal Democrat), Baroness Massey of Darwen (Labour), Caroline Nokes MP (Conservative), Theresa Villiers MP (Conservative). The APPG for Cyprus received representations on this matter from the National Federation of Cypriots in the UK.

In the second letter to the UK Foreign Secretary, the Federation express their strong hopes that the talks will lead towards progress towards a free and reunified Cyprus as a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation.

The Federation also stresses that a solution must be “based on the internationally accepted model of a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation with political equality and a single sovereignty, single international personality and single citizenship – as defined by relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions and the High-Level Agreements.” The letter adds that “as a modern and free country, a reunified Cyprus does not require guarantor powers or foreign troops as part of its security framework.”

The British Government is urged to approach the upcoming talks with “a clear and unequivocal position that the solution to the Cyprus issue must be based on the relevant UN Security Council resolutions, uphold international and EU law, and respect human rights”. The letter also warns the Government to “be prepared to publicly rebuff attempts by Turkey and the occupying regime to partition Cyprus and permanently divide its people.”

On Turkey’s recent calls for the permanent partition of Cyprus, the Federation’s letter says that partition would be “a clear violation of the 1960 Treaties of Establishment and Guarantee, treaties that the UK is a co-signatory of”.

It also highlights Turkey’s recent provocations against Cyprus such as attempts to drill in the Republic of Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone and the illegal ‘opening’ of Varosi beachfront.

The letter also raises several other important points surrounding the upcoming talks such as the European Union’s participation – to ensure that a solution is in line with the EU acquis – and the need for a post-solution Cyprus to be a continuation of the Republic of Cyprus.


Source: CNA


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