Sunday, June 3, 2012

Tell Turkey: End the Occupation of Cyprus Now

Nearly 38 years ago, Turkey illegally invaded the island of Cyprus, seizing 38% of its land and forcing hundreds of thousands of Cypriots from their homes. To this day, there are some 40,000 Turkish troops occupying the northern part of Cyprus. That’s more troops than the U.S. has in Iraq and almost half of the troops the U.S. has in Afghanistan. With tens of thousands of armed troops in an area about the size of Rhode Island, occupied Cyprus is one of the most highly militarized areas in the entire world.

Foreign troops on Cyprus are a continued crime against the Cypriot people, both Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots alike. Turkish occupation troops have desecrated and destroyed religious relics and property in northern Cyrpus, including destroying over 500 Greek Orthodox churches. Turkey’s continued occupation of Cyprus is an affront to international law, human rights and religious freedom and forments instability in this key region.

The people of Cyprus deserve better. The people of Cyprus deserve an end to a foreign occupation of their land.

Sign the petition to demand that Turkey remove all of its occupying forces from Cyprus.
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As either unitary state or federation solutions are discussed as replacements to Cyprus' 1960 and Turkey's 1923 unworkable constitutions, should we abide by "if a right is a right too many for Turkey's Kurdish community (circa 23% of population) then that right is a right too many for Cyprus' tCypriot community too (circa 15%), and vice versa." Is the adoption of this fair logic the catalyst to securing just solutions for both UN countries.