If we are united, persistent and consistent we will
succeed in our demand to return to our homes and properties. Please
see the news release on the Press Complaints Commission website,
link shown above. Metro newspapers did not get away with it and,in
the end, neither will Turkey. If we are united, vocal, clear,
persistent and consistent we will succeed in our demand to return to
our homes and properties - we know that we have the moral
Following a lengthy process of complaint by the Association of Rizokarpasso in Britain against the Metro newspaper regarding their article on March 5th the complaint has been resolved. Metro published a letter from the Association, a summary of the complaint is to be placed on the Press Complaints Commission website and will appear in the PCC published report as indicated in the letter received by the Association from the PCC. See the Letter
ASSOCIATION OF RIZOKARPASSO IN BRITAIN
Members of the Association of Rizokarpasso in Britain enjoyed a day trip to Brighton. (10/6/2007) The group gathered and boarded their coach near the Cypriot Community Centre, Wood Green. The day was spent relaxing and enjoying the sea views, the gardens, visiting the Royal Pavilion, shopping and having the traditional seaside lunch of Fish and Chips. The group also visited the Greek Orthodox Church of Ayia Triadas. The group was met by Church Committee members and Stephen Alambrides, Labour Councillor for Merton, who is short listed for the Brighton Kempton Parliamentary Constituency seat. The coach journey was made more enjoyable eating the traditional Shinnopittes and Pittes Karpassitises prepared by members for the outing which delighted the group.
The outing was an opportunity to exchange family information and to remember the wonderful times spent in Rizokarpasso more than 33 years ago. The Association has been very active, contacting the British Foreign Office and Members of Parliament following the recent outrageous policy of the occupying regime who have demolished Greek Cypriot houses in Rizokarpasso and increased the pace of building houses for Turkish settlers. Everyo ne is determined to strive for the removal of the Turkish forces and settlers from Cyprus so that we might all return to our homes and properties in Rizokarpasso and enjoy our Rizokarpasso in the company of our family and friends thereby making the sacrifice of our remaining 264 compatriots in Rizokarpasso who have remained enclaved all these years meaningful.
The Association's next opportunity for family and friends to meet will be at the Trafalgar Square Rally on Sunday 15 th July, the Annual General Meeting on Sunday 14th October at the Cypriot Community Centre, Wood Green, and the Association's Dinner and Dance on Saturday 24th November at the The Penridge Banqueting Suite, 470 Bowes Road, London N11 1NL.
Association of Rizokarpasso in Britain celebrates Ayios Synesios
Association of Rizokarpasso in Britain celebrates Ayios Synesios and
protests against the
further exploitation of their
properties and attack on their basic human rights.
25th May 2007
We have been informed that the occupying forces have recently demolished some 60 houses belonging to Greek Cypriots in Rizokarpasso, where there are still 264 enclaved Greek Cypriots, (who themselves are denied basic human rights), in order to create house building plots which young settlers from Turkey have one month to apply for. This is in addition to the occupation and building that has already taken place on Greek Cypriot owned property. Our properties in Rizokarpasso are being usurped by settlers from Turkey backed by a Turkish occupying army.
We believe that the EU is in a very strong position to help us because of Turkey's application to begin the process for EU membership. Therefore we ask that the EU put pressure on Turkey to stop these illegal acts, which will aggravate an already difficult situation by seeking to settle even more Turkish migrants on Greek Cypriot property. Turkey's latest act illustrates their intransigence and determination to avoid seeking a viable and lasting solution to the problem that they have created by invading and occupying northern Cyprus.
We look forward to receiving your response to this very urgent problem.
Maria Karaolis President
Petition to be sent to The Rt Hon Tony Blair PM
We petition the Prime Minister to act in accordance with Britain's treaty obligations with the Republic of Cyprus and to take decisive action to prevent direct trade and direct flights between Britain and occupied northern Cyprus and to prevent the illegal sale and advertising of Greek Cypriot property. According to the Treaty of Guarantee, Britain, Greece and Turkey undertook "to prohibit, as far as lies within their power, all activity having the object of promoting directly or indirectly either the union of the Republic of Cyprus with any other State, or the partition of the Island."
In 1974 Turkey illegally invaded Cyprus and ethnically cleansed 200,000 Greek Cypriots, who made up 82% of the population, from 38% of Cyprus territory in the north, and still occupies their land and homes with 40,000 troops and 150,000 colonists. Only 264 enclaved Greek Cypriots remain in Rizokarpasso and they are denied basic human rights by the illegal administration. UN Security Council resolutions 541(1983) and 550(1984) declare the self proclaimed "Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus," "legally invalid" and call upon all states not to assist this illegal secessionist entity in any way. Supporting a direct link will lend credibility to the occupation and colonizing of northern Cyprus it will ignore the human rights abuses carried out since 1974. The Turkish Cypriots are not isolated, they enjoy all the benefits of other legal citizens of the Republic of Cyprus and many of them enter daily and work in unoccupied Cyprus and receive health and social benefits from the Republic of Cyprus. It is the illegal settlers and occupying army who are isolated in northern Cyprus and should remain isolated till they leave Cyprus.
Our Association believes that the interests of democracy and international law require the following:
a) The removal of all Turkish troops from Cyprus.
We have complained to "Metro" by email and letter regarding their inaccurate and misleading article on Cyprus and received no reply. Therefore, we are making a formal complaint against Metro to the Press Complaints Commission. Please see letters below:
Press Complaints Commission
4th April 2007
Re "Metro" newspaper article 5th March 2007 page 53 "Make friends in the north"
We wish to make a formal complaint against "Metro" since, according to the Code of Practice, " All members of the press have a duty to maintain the highest professional standards. This Code sets the benchmark for those ethical standards, protecting both the rights of the individual and the public's right to know. It is the cornerstone of the system of self-regulation to which the industry has made a binding commitment."
The article referred to above violates the Code since Metro has published inaccurate, misleading and distorted information. We have raised this matter with Metro (emails of 5th and 25th March and letter of 12th March enclosed). However, Metro has failed to respond to our communications, therefore we would be grateful if the Press Complaints Commission could follow up with Metro their publishing inaccurate information and making no attempt to respond to complaints.
We look forward to hearing from the Press Complaints Commission regarding our complaint against Metro.
12th March 2007
Dear Mr Campbell
Our members were especially offended at your reference to Rizokarpasso as "Dipkarpaz". The panhandle known as the Karpas Peninsula, where Rizokarpasso proudly sits at the top, is indeed a splendid part of the island of Cyprus. However, you have totally misrepresented the reality. Rizokarpasso was a totally Greek Cypriot village of over 3,000 people prior to the Turkish invasion in 1974; through the policy of ethnic cleansing and denial of human rights the 3,000 have been reduced to 264 (the elderly mother of one of our members died over the Christmas period in Rizokarpasso) . Settlers from Anatolia in Turkey have been transported to Rizokarpasso to colonize the area and occupy the homes and exploit the properties of the Greek Cypriots who fled for their lives from the invading Turkish troops in 1974. The article in your newspaper is very offensive to our members and other British citizens of Greek Cypriot descent who have been denied access to their properties in occupied north Cyprus and whose friends and relatives were killed or are missing or have been enclaved for the last 32 years in Rizokarpasso and denied basic human rights. I enclose a letter from Andrew Dismore, Member of Parliament, who visited Rizokarpasso in October 2006 which confirms the reality of the situation. The mosque that you refer to in Rizokarpasso, together with the Turkish settlers, is a post invasion and occupation attempt to change the demography of the area and take by force the properties of the Cypriots. Turkey, a country with a population of over 75,000,000 and one of the biggest armies in the region is being supported in its expansionist policy directed at the small island of Cyprus, with a population of 750,000 by articles such as yours. You should feel ashamed at misleading the British public by misrepresenting the reality of Rizokarpasso.
The only fair, just and long term solution is the withdrawal of the occupying Turkish troops and illegal settlers and the return of the legal owners to their homes and properties in north Cyprus. The denial of support for the illegal regime and the reunification of the Republic of Cyprus is not only a morally correct stand to take; it is one that is in our long term interest in order to preserve our democratic way of life.
Mrs Mary Helen Karaolis BEd(Hons) MA NPQH
President of the Association of Rizokarpasso in Britain on behalf of the
Executive Committee & Members