Dear MR. Secretary General,
As a concerted Human Rights Advocate and an American citizen by choice born in Kyrenia Cyprus and involved with the Cyprus issue since 1950, I like to make these brief comments.
1. Extension of the Mission is a must and must be extended as long as needed. I am a Korean War veteran and the UN is still in Korea since 1953.
2. You are correct. The solution must lie foremost with all the legal Cypriot citizens of the Nation a full member of the UN and now the EU also. But you must also agree that the UNSC must “Practice Justice” in the supporting roll the UN has for the political solution by implementing the adopted Resolutions on Cyprus.
3. About the no progress in the demining of the buffer zone, it is the opinion of many, that you would not have to urge the Turkish Forces to renew the agreement with UNFICYP if adopted GAR. 3212 and SCR 365 of Dec.1974 endorsing it, was implemented. GAR 3212 urges the speedy withdrawal of all occupation forces from the Republic of Cyprus.
LOOK AT CYPRUS TODAY
A. Looking at the “Cyprus Issue” we see an Invasion and continued occupation, Ethnic Cleansing, Colonization, all in violation of UN adopted resolutions gone unanswered for years now.
B. The Annan plan rejection by 76% of the Cypriots in the 2004 referendum was because the Annan plan basically satisfied the needs of Turkey and the United Kingdom but not the needs of the Cypriots the legitimate citizens of the Country.
C. The International embargo against the occupied part of the Republic of Cyprus is solely dew to the continuing illegal Turkish occupation and Turkish support of the illegal TRNC.
D. Implementation of the main provisions of the UN General Assembly and UN Security Council Resolutions on Cyprus, HAVE GONE UNANSWERED for over 32 years now.
E. Examples of unanswered main provisions;
Call for full respect for the sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity and unity of the Republic of Cyprus and all states to refrain from all acts and interventions directed against it.
Demand the immediate withdrawal of all occupation forces from the Republic of Cyprus.
Consider that the de facto situation created by the force of arms should not be allowed to influence or in any way affect the solution of the problem of Cyprus.
Affirm the right of the Republic of Cyprus and its people to full and effective sovereignty and control over the entire territory of Cyprus and its natural resources.
All refugees should return to their homes in conditions of safety.
Respect of the human rights and fundamental freedoms of all Cypriots, including the freedom of movement, the freedom of settlement and the right to property.
Deplore all unilateral actions that change the demographic structure of Cyprus.
Consider attempts to settle any part of Varosha by people other than its inhabitants as inadmissible and call for the transfer of this area to the administration of the UN.
Condemn the declaration of the purported secession of part of the Republic of Cyprus.
A Cyprus settlement must be based on a State of Cyprus with a single sovereignty and international personality and a single citizenship.
NOW THEREFORE, I, on behalf of many concerned citizens of the world strongly recommend to you Mr. Secretary General of the UN knowing that you have the means to ask the Security Council to “practice Justice” by implementing above adopted resolutions especially GAR 3212 adopted unanimously in 1974 including Turkey. Doing so, will give both the Greek-Cypriot and the Turkish-Cypriot leadership the political will equally needed to as you said match words with deeds and restart the talks as per July 8th agreement for a just and viable solution. One that will guarantee absolute freedom and implementation of human rights for all the legitimate citizens of Cyprus.
Harry Theofanus Human Rights Advocate.
Past President of the CFA and PSEKA
Palm Harbor Florida.