Press Releases, Statements, Notes/Articles and Letters INITIATIVE BY TURKEY ON CYPRUS, 24 JANUARY 2006 Cyprus a reminder CYPRUS: WHAT HAS HAPPENED? Highlights of the UNSG´s report Cyprus (Historical Overview) What the World Said Before the Referanda What the World said After the Referanda The Annan Plan and the Greek Cypriot “NO”: False Reasons and Claims Greek Cypriot state terror revealed Confidence Building Measures (1992-1994) Meaningful Anniversary Of The Cyprus Peace Operation Turkish Parliament Proclaims Solidarity With TRNC And Demands Equal Treatment For The Two States On The Island Resolution By The Turkish Grand National Assembly On 21 January 1997 Circular Note Sent To The Embassies Of The EU Member States Concerning The Greek Cypriot Application To The EU, 30 June 1997 Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Turkey and the Government of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus on the establishment of an Association Council Resolution Adopted By The Legislative Assembly of The TRNC March 9, 1998 Aide-Memoire By The TRNC To The British High Commission In Nicosia, 26 March 1998 Documents Given By President Denktas To The UN Secretary-General During Their Meeting In Geneva- 28 March 1998 Resolution of the Turkish Grand National Assembly, 15 July 1999 Treaty Provisions And Basic Documents With Regard To The EU Membership Of Cyprus British Professor of International Law Prof. H. Mendelson Q.C.'s opinion on the legal aspects of the one-sided membership application of the Greek Cypriot Administration of Southern Cyprus to the European Union Final communique of the annual coordination meeting of Ministers for Foreign Affairs of the States members of the Organization of the Islamic Conference ( United Nations, New York 28 September 2004, 14 Shaa'ban 1425 H - para. related to Cyprus) Report of the Secretary-General Kofi Annan on his Mission of Good Offices in Cyprus, 28 May 2004 Report of the Secretary-General Annan on the United Nations operation in in Cyprus, 3 December 2007 The Status of the Two Peoples in Cyprus Edited By Necati Münir Ertekün Greek Cypriot Attempts To Purchase Missiles From Russia And The Resulting Danger For The Peace And Stability In Cyprus EU and Cyprus:An Expert View Opinion of Professor M.H. Mendelson Q.C on the Application of “the Republic of Cyprus” to Join the European Union Grand Deception, Korkmaz HAKTANIR, Founding Member of the Cyprus Foundation '' BARBARIE A CHYPRE '' Le Soir Illustré 1967 The Need for New Perspective on Cyprus
Cyprus, our problem - The Daily Telegraph Wednesday, April 1, 1998

The EU's decision to go ahead with Cyprus's membership application could destabilise the entire region. In order to understand the danger, it is necessary to recall a little of the island's recent history. When British rule ended in 1960, the new constitution vested sovereignty jointly in the two communities. It provided for a Greek Cypriot president and a Turkish Cypriot vice-president, both with veto powers. Cyprus was forbidden to unite with any other state, and the 1960 accords were guaranteed by Greece, Turkey and the United Kingdom.

Many Greek Cypriots regarded the settlement as biased against them, and, in 1963, they drove the Turks out of their positions in government. In 1974, supporters of enosis-union with Greece- staged a coup. As intercommunal violence flared, Turkish Cypriots called on the guarantor powers to intervene. When Britain did nothing, Turkey seized the northern third of the island.

The international community recognises the Greek Cypriot administration as the government of the whole island, acknowledging the 1960 accords. Yet those accords forbid Cyprus "to participate, in whole or in part, in any political or economic union with any state whatsoever". So EU membership is prohibited by the very constitution President Clerides cites as the source of his government's claim to the whole island.

This is no narrow legal point. By accepting their unilateral application, the EU has taken away from Greek Cypriots any incentive to reach an accommodation with the north. At the beginning of the 1990's, the outlines of a deal began to emerge: "Turkish Cypriots would relinquish some territory in return for recognition as equal partners in a bi-zonal federation. Once the Greek Cypriots realised they could treat with the EU on their own, however, they lost interest in the talks.

Membership is viewed by the Greeks as an opportunity to reverse the balance of power in the Levant by engineering a situation where Turkey is occupying EU territory; Turks see admission as enosis by another name. Brussels has been bullied into accepting this problem by Greece's threat to veto any enlargement of the EU. Turkey, which withdrew its threat to veto Nato expansion, is being punished for its responsibility, while Greece is rewarded for its intransigence.

Britain has a special duty towards Cyprus as a guarantor power. The Government must insist that an internal settlement be in place before the application is accepted. This is not just a question of dealing fairly with the two communities, or acknowledging that Turkey has been shabbily treated by Brussels, or even sticking to the law. It is a question of preserving peace in the eastern Mediterranean.