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Rizokarpasides Celebrate Ayios Synesios

 

Rizokarpasides flocked to St Demetrios Church, Edmonton (Town Road/Logan Road, London N9 0LP) on Sunday 28th May 2006 to participate in the liturgy and celebration of the patron saint of Rizokarpasso, Ayios Synesios, the actual Saint's day is 26 th May. The Association of Rizokarpasso in Britain organises this celebration every year together with the remembrance of Petrakis Yiallouros and Panayiotis Kaspis, the heroes of Rizokarpasso. The service was followed by a very successful Paneyiri in the church hall held in honour of Ayios Synesios. The Paneyiri was organised by the committee of St Demetrios Church, and had the traditional lokmades, souvlakia and was followed by a "tavli", backgammon, competition.   

 

Maria Karaolis, the President of the Association of Rizokarpasso, delivered the speech for the day, detailing the life of Ayios Synesios, who was born and raised in Rizokarpasso in the 5 th Century  and assumed the Bishop's throne at a critical time in the history of the Christian Church in Cyprus.  Ayios Synesios succeeded Ayios Filonas to the Bishop's throne and continued his good work to establish the Christian faith.   Ayios Synesios was a role model of goodness and faith, his impact was immediate and through his lifetime of preaching and dedication the Christian Faith became embedded in the lives of the population.    The Church of Ayios Synesios in the main square of Rizokarpasso is a focal point for the village and Saint Synesios' remains are entombed there.

 

She also spoke of the plight of the enclaved who are now reduced to 266 in Rizokarpasso and smaller numbers elsewhere in Karpasia;   they had suffered, been denied human rights and freedom of movement, there had been killings and intimidation yet their enclaved compatriots maintain their sacrifice and vigil in Rizokarpasso.   She said that the Association would continue its lobbying and awareness raising activities for a just solution to the Cyprus tragedy; a solution where Cyprus could be free of Turkish troops and settlers and all refugees return to their homes and properties.  The members of the Association were awaiting the imminent outcome of recent property cases in the courts before deciding their own actions regarding their properties in Rizokarpasso and elsewhere.

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The members of our Association at our 66 th General Meeting, held on 9th April 2006, voted to send the following Resolution regarding Cyprus to:
 

The Honourable Kofi Annan, Secretary General of The United Nations

His Excellency  Jose Manuel Durao Barroso, The President of the European Commission

The Honourable George W Bush, President of The United States of America

The Right Honourable Tony Blair, Prime Minister of The United Kingdom
His Excellency Tassos Papadopoulos, President of The Republic of Cyprus

His Excellency Karolos Papoulias, President of Greece.

His Excellency Costas Karamanlis, Prime Minister of Greece.

Her Excellency Dora Bakoyiannis, Foreign Minister of Greece.

RESOLUTION

Adopted on the 9th April 2006 at the 66th General Meeting of the members of The Association of Rizokarpasso in Britain

 

The members of our Association were either born in Rizokarpasso or their parents or grandparents were born in Rizokarpasso.   Most of our members are the legal owners of homes and properties in Rizokarpasso and since the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus have been denied the use and enjoyment of their properties.  

 

We believe that the continued occupation of Cyprus by settlers from Turkey is denying our members human rights, fundamental freedoms and social justice and the very principles at the heart of democracy.   Furthermore, Turkey is in flagrant violation of the relevant United Nations Security Council Resolutions including General Assembly resolution 3212 (1974).

 

We believe that the 32 year sacrifice of the enclaved in Rizokarpasso, who have been denied fundamental freedoms and human rights, should not be ignored and we urge you to assist in improving the tragic conditions under which they live.

 

We welcome the European Parliament resolution on 16 March 2006 calling on Turkey to honour its commitments to the EU by allowing ships and planes from Cyprus to enter Turkish ports and airports. We also welcome the EP statement "that recognition of all member states is a necessary component of the accession process" for Turkey.

 

We are heartened by the agreement reached by President Tassos Papadopoulos and the UN Secretary General Kofi Annan in Paris on 28 th February 2006 for a process that creates the preconditions for a new dynamic towards solving the Cyprus problem.  We hope that the resulting agreement for bicommunal discussions on a series of issues undertaken at a technical level will greatly improve the atmosphere for further talks and lead to issues of substance being discussed which can be included in any solution plan.

 

We fully endorse the recent statements made by the Greek Foreign Minister, Dora Bakoyiannis, regarding the Annan Plan   "From the moment it was rejected, it became history" and her statement that there is only one aim "the final, viable and just solution to the Cyprus problem, a solution based on international law, international legality, relevant Security Council resolutions and the acquis communautaire, a solution which will benefit the people of Cyprus in its entirety, a solution of peace, stability and growth in the region."

 

Our Association calls upon the British Government to be more positive and proactive and to endeavour to fulfil its obligations as a Guarantor Power for the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Republic of Cyprus.

 

Our Association believes that the interests of democracy and international law require the following:

 

a)       The removal of all Turkish troops from Cyprus.

b)       The repatriation to Turkey of the over 120,000 illegal settlers in Cyprus.

c)       The restoration of the human rights and fundamental freedoms of all Cypriots.

d)       The reunification of the island and people of Cyprus.

e)       The return of the refugees to their homes and properties in safety.

f)        The return of properties to their lawful owners.

g)       The end of the suffering of the enclaved.

h)       The full and effective investigation of the fate of all the missing persons.

 

 

Mrs Mary Helen Karaolis BEd (Hons) MA NPQH

President of the Association of Rizokarpasso in Britain on behalf of the Committee & Members

 

 


The 9th April 2006 at the 66th General Meeting of the members of The Association of Rizokarpasso in Britain

Από τη 66η γενική συνέλευση του Συνδέσμου Ριζοκαρπασιτών Μ. Βρετανίας που έγινε στο Λονδίνο στις 9/4/2006

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BRITISH FCO MEETING OF THE ASSOCIATION OF RIZOKARPASSO IN BRITAIN

 

A delegation from the Association of Rizokarpasso in Britain consisting of Mary Karaolis (President), Michael Lidas (Vice President), John Manitaras (member) had a meeting to, once again, put forward the   views of the overseas Rizokarpassides who are first and second generation British Citizens.  They visited the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and had a long, frank and open discussion with Simon Wood, Head of the Cyprus and Greece Section European Union Directorate and Edmond Rhys Jones, Cyprus Desk Officer.

 

The Association of Rizokarpasso delegation went to the FCO last Tuesday 5.00 – 6.00 pm, their discussion focussed on:

 

·        The failure of the British Government to fulfil its obligation as a Guarantor Power for the independence and territorial integrity of the Republic of Cyprus.  

 

·        The plight of the enclaved in Rizokarpasso, their reduced numbers, lack of freedom of movement and other basic human rights, intimidation and murders.

 

·        The interference of the smooth running of the schools in Rizokarpasso and the long and laborious process for teachers to be "approved" by the illegal regime.

 

·        The right of the refugees and overseas Cypriots to return to their homes and properties.  The right of the refugees and overseas Cypriots to compensation for the loss of use and enjoyment of their properties since 1974.

 

·        The demand for the basic human right to return to our property will not disappear with the natural passage of time and changes in population.  Modern technology has ensured that there are accurate records of events and property ownership. This information is available for second, third and subsequent generations of Rizokarpasides.  

 

·        Mr Straw's visit to the so called "presidential palace" to meet with Mr Talat, his recent outburst in the House of Commons and Mrs Booth-Blair taking the Orams case all indicate a negative attitude by Britain toward the Greek Cypriots who are the victims of Turkey's expansionist policy of invasion, occupation and colonisation.

 

·        British citizens and businesses are being enticed into investing in illegally occupied properties in occupied Cyprus, obviously offered at bargain prices since they are stolen assets.

 

·        Rizokarpassides who are British citizens, first, second and third generation, individually and as a group plan to take legal action to secure the return of their illegally occupied properties in Cyprus and expect their Government to support them.

 

·        The British Government is expected to be active in securing human rights for all the legitimate people of Cyprus and  ensuring that the Turkish troops and settlers cease to prop up an illegal regime and cease to occupy a third of the Republic of Cyprus.

 

Simon Wood's responses, in summary, were:

 

·         The British Government accepts that there must be a negotiated settlement that is acceptable to all the Cypriot people.

 

·        The advice on the FCO to British Citizens is very clear; they are advised against buying Greek Cypriot property in north Cyprus.

 

·        The property issue has to be settled as part of a wider negotiated settlement that is acceptable to all the people of Cyprus.

 

·        British policy was to lock Turkey into the EU accession process since the British goal is for Turkey to develop into a modern democratic country. 

 

·        Britain does not want to see a divided Cyprus.

 

·        Turkey will need to comply with ECHR decisions if EU accession talks are to progress.

 

 

Simon Wood said that he valued the opportunity to once again meet and hear the views of the delegation. Edmond Rhys Jones said he valued meeting the delegation.  They reassured the delegation that finding a solution to the many difficult problems on Cyprus remains a priority for the British government who want to see a united Cyprus.


Mary Karaolis (President), Michael Lidas (Vice President), John Manitaras (member)

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Letters written by the Association of Rizokarpasso in Britain to President Tasos Papadopoulos:

19th February 2006

 

H E Mr Tasos Papadopoulos                                                                         

President of The Republic of Cyprus

Presidential Palace

NICOSIA

Cyprus

Dear Mr President

 

The members of our Association wish you every success in your forthcoming meeting with the Secretary General of the United Nations, Mr Kofi Annan.   You have demonstrated impeccable patriotism, sound judgement and outstanding performance as a negotiator during your involvement in politics for the last 50 years. Your leadership, determination, hard work and commitment for a viable solution to the Cyprus problem creates a sense of optimism and expectation for us.

 

We congratulate you on the measures taken to support the Turkish Cypriots by issuing passports and identity cards and providing health care, social and welfare benefits and employment to thousands of Turkish Cypriots moving across the infamous dividing line and out of the occupied north. We also applaud your recent policy decision regarding the issuing of title deeds to the long suffering refugees.   We believe that any solution must result in the reunification of Cyprus and its legal people. 

 

As Rizokarpassides we believe that our enclaved, with their 32 years of sacrifice and denial of human rights, have earned the moral right to expect that Karpasia will not remain under Turkish control.   We believe that Karpasia with over 60 miles of coastline and with the Monastery of Apostolos Andreas, which has been a Greek Christian Orthodox religious centre for generations, should not remain under Turkish control.  

 

Britain, although a Guarantor Power failed to protect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Republic of Cyprus and, since the Cypriot people exercised their democratic right to vote against the unjust and unworkable Annan Plan, has adopted an extremely negative stance towards the Republic. Furthermore, Britain has encouraged and supported Turkey in its endeavours to evade its obligations under the Association Agreement and Protocol and its efforts to achieve its longstanding aim to render legitimacy and   governmental functions, e.g. control of ports and airports, to the secessionist Turkish Cypriot entity.  We were appalled at the illegal Bayrak television, 18.2.06, broadcast stating that the British High Commission had supported the research on "sustainable tourism in the Karpass area, developing products for tourism and marketing them" at Komi Kepir.

 

We believe that any solution to the Cyprus Problem must stipulate the withdrawal of Turkish troops and settlers from our island and the absolute right of all refugees to return to their homes and properties so that they can use, enjoy and benefit from the assets that they legally own but have been denied access to for 32 years.   The illegal sale of Greek Cypriot property and the

construction activity on such property in the occupied area is offensive and imposes serious

obstacles to a solution.  Furthermore, we believe that the Annan Plan not only attempted the subordination of human rights matters and the principles of international law to political concerns because of Turkey's strategic geopolitical location but also led to the current "building boom" on the illegally occupied Greek Cypriot property .  We were appalled at the proposals in the United Nations Secretary General's plan and are outraged at the negative outcome of those proposals.

 

We take every opportunity to raise these issues and express our views in correspondence and meetings with our Members of Parliament and with civil servants at the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office as well as in letters to the media, to the British Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and to other politicians.

 

We welcome a solution that will provide a common future for all Cypriots within the EU, without any third parties dictating that future.   You have our total support in your endeavours to negotiate a just and viable solution that will secure a united, independent island where the human rights of all the Cypriots will be respected and so guarantee the long term future, economic strength, sovereignty, territorial integrity and continued progress of the Republic of Cyprus.

 

Yours sincerely

Mrs Mary Karaolis, BEd (Hons)  MA  NPQH

President of the Association of Rizokarpasso in Britain
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Letters written by the Association of Rizokarpasso in Britain to  Secretary General Kofi Annan:


19th February 2006

 

The Honourable Kofi Annan

Secretary General of The United Nations

United Nations

New York

NY 10017

USA

 

 

Dear Mr Annan

 

Our members were either born in Rizokarpasso or their parents or grandparents were born in Rizokarpasso.  Most of our members are the legal owners of homes and properties in Rizokarpasso and since the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus have been denied the use and enjoyment of their properties.  Illegal settlers from mainland Turkey occupy most of the homes and properties of our members.  Our Association believes that the continued occupation of Cyprus by Turkey and the occupation of their properties by settlers from Turkey is denying our members human rights, fundamental freedoms and social justice and the very principles at the heart of democracy.   Furthermore, Turkey is in flagrant violation of the relevant United Nations Security Council Resolutions including General Assembly resolution 3212 (1974) which was unanimously approved.

 

The members of our Association wish you every success in your forthcoming meeting with the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Mr Tasos Papadopoulos.   Mr Papadopoulos has our utmost respect and confidence as a leader and we value highly his determination and commitment for a viable solution to the Cyprus problem. We hope that you will endeavour to put forward proposals that are just, workable and respect the human rights of all the Cypriot people and the legal owners of property, thereby uniting the legal people of Cyprus.

 

We applaud the measures taken by the government of the Republic of Cyprus to support the Turkish Cypriots by issuing passports and identity cards and providing health care, social and welfare benefits and employment to thousands of Turkish Cypriots moving across the infamous dividing line and out of the occupied north. We believe that any solution must result in the reunification of Cyprus and its legal people.  

 

Britain, although a Guarantor Power failed to protect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Republic of Cyprus and, since the Cypriot people exercised their democratic right to vote against your latest plan, has adopted an extremely negative stance towards the Republic. Furthermore, Britain has encouraged and supported Turkey in its endeavours to evade its obligations under the Association Agreement and Protocol and its efforts to achieve its longstanding aim to render legitimacy and   governmental functions, e.g. control of ports and airports, to the secessionist Turkish Cypriot entity.  We were appalled at the illegal Bayrak television, 18.2.06, broadcast stating that the British High Commission had supported the research on "sustainable tourism in the Karpass area, developing products for tourism and marketing them" at Komi Kepir.

 

Turkey and the Turkish Cypriot leadership continue to violate the human rights and the fundamental freedoms of the Greek Cypriot enclaved in Rizokarpasso and the surrounding area, including their right to practice their religion, their right to full education and their right to freely enjoy their property. As Rizokarpassides we believe that our enclaved, with their 32 years of sacrifice and denial of human rights, have earned the moral right to expect that Karpasia will not remain under Turkish control.   We believe that Karpasia with over 60 miles of coastline and with the Monastery of Apostolos Andreas, which has been a Greek Christian Orthodox religious centre for generations, should not remain under Turkish control.  

 

We believe that any solution to the Cyprus Problem must stipulate the withdrawal of Turkish troops and settlers from our island and the absolute right of all refugees to return to their homes and properties so that they can use, enjoy and benefit from the assets that they legally own but have been denied access to for 32 years.   The illegal sale of Greek Cypriot property and the

construction activity on such property in the occupied area is offensive and imposes serious

obstacles to a solution.  Furthermore, we believe that the latest plan not only attempted the subordination of human rights matters and the principles of international law to political concerns because of Turkey's strategic geopolitical location but also led to the current "building boom" on the illegally occupied Greek Cypriot property .  We were appalled at the proposals in the latest plan, support its rejection by the citizens of the Republic of Cyprus exercising their democratic rights and are outraged at the negative outcome of the proposals in the plan.

 

We welcome a solution that will provide a common future for all Cypriots within the EU, without any third parties dictating that future.   We hope that you will propose a just and viable plan that will secure a united, independent island without Turkish troops and settlers, where the human rights of all the Cypriots will be respected, thereby guaranteeing   the long term future, economic strength, sovereignty, territorial integrity and continued progress of the Republic of Cyprus.

 

Yours sincerely

Mrs Mary Karaolis, BEd (Hons)  MA  NPQH

President of the Association of Rizokarpasso in Britain


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The Association of Rizokarpasso in Britain wrote to Ken Livingstone, The Mayor of London, regarding holiday advertisements for occupied north Cyprus:
 

Mayor of London 

11th February 2006

Greater London Assembly

City Hall

The Queen's Walk

London SE1 2AA

 

Dear Mr Livingstone

 

We wish to thank you, as Mayor of London, the London Assembly and Transport for London for your  previous stand on advertisements for occupied north Cyprus as a holiday resort.   However, following the court ruling and subsequent placement of adverts on buses and underground stations our members have been greatly offended and upset at seeing these.   Therefore, our Association wishes to complain in the strongest possible terms with regard to adverts on public transport for occupied northern Cyprus as a holiday resort.  We are shocked, saddened, angry and offended at these adverts which we consider are aiding and abetting theft and exploitation of stolen property and are an affront to social justice and all moral standards and human rights.   Such adverts are not befitting our civilized, mature, democracy where we expect that thieves will be punished, not assisted to sell their illegal gains!

 

Many members of our Association have not only been denied access and use of their properties in northern, occupied Cyprus for the last 31 years but had also invested their life savings and borrowed in England in order to invest in Cyprus.   The 1974 invasion, occupation and colonization of northern Cyprus by Turkey left many of our members heavily in debt in England and at risk of losing their home here as well.   Rizokarpasso still has 278 enclaved Greek Cypriots who have been there for the last 31 years, since the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974, when nearly one third of the island was occupied and settlers from Turkey transported to the occupied areas to take over Greek Cypriot property.    However, 31 years ago there were 25,000 Greek Cypriots in Karpasia, who, when Turkey invaded, fled for their lives and some of those who remained were beaten up, robbed, terrorised and killed; the enclaved are still denied basic human rights by the illegal regime in occupied north Cyprus.  

 

The Turkish Cypriot daily paper "Halkin Sesi" (5.12.05) under the title "Karpass is being prepared to be in the heart of tourism", reported that hotel bed capacity in the occupied north will reach 30,000 over the next two years marking a 100% increase, in Karpasia it will increase from 600 to 6,000 hotel beds. Such exploitation of stolen property is immoral; the refugees have a basic human right to their properties.    We urge you to follow your initial, principled, approach regarding these adverts, to comply with the long-standing and well-founded global opposition to the illegal regime in occupied Cyprus and to withdraw these adverts for occupied north Cyprus and ensure that safeguards against accepting similar adverts are put into place.

 

We will still continue to strive for a just and viable solution to the Cyprus problem; a solution which will reunite the island and bring peace and prosperity to all the legal people of Cyprus.   The suffering of the enclaved people of Rizokarpasso, for 31 years, we hope will come to an end and the refugees be allowed to return to their homes and properties without the existence of Turkish troops or settlers.   

 

Yours truly

 

Mrs Mary Helen Karaolis B Ed (Hons)  MA  NPQH

President of the Association of Rizokarpasso in Britain

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The Association of Rizokarpasso in Britain has sent a letter to EuroNews

EuroNews
5th February 2006
BP 161
60, chemin des Mouilles
F-69131 Ecully
Franc

Dear Sir

The members of our Association were appalled at the EuroNews reporting of occupied north Cyprus as if it is a
“normal” state, with a so called “president” in a so called “presidential palace”, which is recognised only by
Turkey, where there is a building boom and an expansion in the tourist trade, and where there are Casinos. 
EuroNews also stated that half the population of north Cyprus are from Turkey. 

We believe that EuroNews has not reported accurately or without prejudice, as it is required to do under its
own Editorial Charter for European Union Contract:

“Programme Content: 2.1

Without prejudice to the generality of clause 4, the Contractor undertakes to provide and keep under review the
EU Services with a view to the maintenance of high general standards in all respects (and in particular in respect
of their content, quality and editorial integrity) and to their offering a wide range of topics (with regard both to
the programmes as a whole and to the days of the week on which, and the times of the day at which, the
programmes are broadcast), meeting the needs and interests of audiences, in accordance with the requirements
specified in sub clause 2.2.

 

Programme Standards 4.1

The Contractor shall do all it can to ensure that all programmes broadcast or transmitted by or on behalf of or
under licence from the Contractor as part of EU Services:

(a) Provide a properly balanced service consisting of a wide range of topics;
(b) Are broadcast at the times provided for in the Contract or, if not provided for in the Contract, at appropriate times;
(c) Treat controversial subjects with due accuracy and impartiality, both in the Contractor's news services and in other more
general programmes dealing with topics of public policy or of political or industrial controversy.”

 

Euronews failed to state that in 1974  when Turkish troops invaded Cyprus, 200,000 Greek Cypriots fled for
their lives abandoning their properties and became refugees. However, that does not change the legal ownership
of their properties, which are fuelling the “building boom”, which you referred to. The invasion and continued
occupation of north Cyprus by Turkish troops together with the settlers from Turkey, taken to Cyprus and given
the properties of Greek Cypriots in order to demographically alter Cyprus, is a denial of Human Rights to Greek
Cypriots.  Furthermore, there are still over 1,300 missing persons.

The Annan Plan, which you referred to in your report, did not serve the interests of indigenous Greek and
Turkish Cypriots; it was not a plan to reunify the island and allow the refugees to return to their homes and
properties; it pandered to the interests of Turkey. This is despite the fact that almost all substantive progress
to date has come from compromises and concessions offered by the Greek Cypriots. Whilst Turkey tries to gain
recognition for its illegal regime, the government of

the Republic of Cyprus is issuing passports and work permits and is already providing employment and millions of
pounds for pensions, health care and social welfare to the growing number of Turkish Cypriots moving across the
infamous dividing line and out of the occupied north. Most of the Turkish Cypriots have been forced to leave the
occupied area by the Turkish army and the settlers and it is now inhabited mainly by illegal settlers and their
offspring taken there by Turkey, an act which is against Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention which forbids
 an occupying power from transferring part of its civilian population to occupied territory

The members of our Association were either born in Rizokarpasso or their parents or grandparents were born in
Rizokarpasso. There are still 278 enclaved Greek Cypriots who have been in Rizokarpasso since 1974 when there
were 25,000 Greek Cypriots in Karpasia, nearly all of whom, when Turkey invaded, fled for their lives.  Some of
the original 5,000 enclaved who remained were beaten up, robbed, terrorised and killed; the remaining enclaved
are still denied basic human rights by the illegal regime in occupied north Cyprus.  

Most of our Association members are the legal owners of homes and properties in Rizokarpasso and since the 1974
 Turkish invasion of Cyprus have been denied the use and enjoyment of their properties.  Illegal settlers from
mainland Turkey occupy most of the homes and properties of our members. We, as indeed all Greek Cypriots, 
demand our properties which are currently in the occupied areas and whose use and enjoyment we are denied. 
We expect EuroNews to report without prejudice and to have an ethical policy in its reporting in terms of content,
quality and editorial integrity and
not pander to the economic, size and geopolitical importance of Turkey. We have a right to expect EuroNews
to report accurately and in a manner that is not misleading to the general public who may not be aware of the
background details of occupied north Cyprus.

Perhaps EuroNews would have done well to report and investigate the contents of the BBC Radio 4 programme, (23rd January):

UK's murky role in Cyprus crisis
By Jolyon Jenkins
Producer, BBC Radio 4's Document
Major Ted Macey demonstrated weapons to Turkish Cypriots
 

Evidence has emerged that British undercover forces were involved in fomenting the conflict between Greek
and Turkish Cypriots ten years before the 1974 partition of Cyprus

 Martin believes such small episodes were the key to preventing the island drifting towards ethnic
separation. But, he says, this was not what the Americans and British had in mind. He recalls being
asked to take a visiting US politician, acting secretary of state George Ball, around the island. Arriving
back in Nicosia, says Martin, "Ball patted me on the back, as though I were sadly deluded and he said:
That was a fantastic show son, but you've got it all wrong, hasn't anyone told you that our plan here is
for partition?
"
 

We would be grateful to receive your response to our comments.
Yours faithfully
Mrs Mary Karaolis BEd (Hons)  MA  NPQH
President of the Association of Rizokarpasso in Britain
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The Association of Rizokarpasso in Britain has written a letter to US Ambassador to the Court of St James.

His Excellency Robert Holmes Tuttle
4th February 2006
US Ambassador to the Court of St James’s
24 Grosvenor Square
London W1A 1AE

Dear Mr Holmes Tuttle

The members of our Association, who are first, second and third generation British Citizens, were very upset at the
revelations made in the recent BBC Radio 4 programme, (23rd January), referred to below:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/4632080.stm


UK's murky role in Cyprus crisis
By Jolyon Jenkins
Producer, BBC Radio 4's Document
Major Ted MaceyMajor Ted Macey demonstrated weapons to Turkish Cypriots
 

Evidence has emerged that British undercover forces were involved in fomenting the conflict between Greek
and Turkish Cypriots ten years before the 1974 partition of Cyprus

 Martin believes such small episodes were the key to preventing the island drifting towards ethnic
separation. But, he says, this was not what the Americans and British had in mind. He recalls being
asked to take a visiting US politician, acting secretary of state George Ball, around the island. Arriving
back in Nicosia, says Martin, "Ball patted me on the back, as though I were sadly deluded and he said:
That was a fantastic show son, but you've got it all wrong, hasn't anyone told you that our plan here is
for partition?
"

The USA, as the most powerful nation on the planet, has a responsibility to ensure that it has an ethical foreign policy
on Cyprus; a policy which respects international law, adheres to the basic principles of individual freedoms and
human rights of all Cypriots and promotes the return of all refugees to their properties and the removal of
Turkish troops and settlers from the island.  We do not believe that it is assisting the solution of the problems
in Cyprus to attempt to promote trade and direct flights to the occupied area under the pretext that it will end
the isolation of the Turkish Cypriots;  most of the Turkish Cypriots have left the occupied area and it is now
inhabited mainly by illegal settlers and their offspring taken there by Turkey, an act which is against Article 49
of the Fourth Geneva Convention which forbids an occupying power from transferring part of its civilian
population to occupied territory.  We hope that our Government  and the USA will
recognize the danger of the
subordination of human rights matters and the principles of international law to political concerns because of
Turkey’s strategic geopolitical location. 

We demand the return of our properties, which are currently in the occupied areas and whose use and
enjoyment we are denied; we expect the USA to adopt an ethical foreign policy and ensure that we are not
denied our basic Human Rights regarding our properties. We would be grateful to receive your comments on
the allegations made regarding long term American foreign policy on Cyprus.

 Yours sincerely
Mrs Mary Helen Karaolis, BEd (Hons)   MA   NPQH
President of the Association of Rizokarpasso in Britain
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The Association of Rizokarpasso in Britain has written to the Secretary of State for Foreign
and Commonwealth Affairs, The Rt. Hon.  Jack Straw MP.

Rt. Hon. Jack Straw MP
4th February 2006
Secretary of State for Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs
Foreign & Commonwealth Office
King Charles Street
London SW1A 2AH

Dear Mr Straw

We find it incredible that the British Government can happily receive so called officials from the self-proclaimed
and unrecognised “TRNC”.  Furthermore, we are appalled at your decision during your visit to Cyprus to cross
into the occupied area and meet with Mr Talat in his so called “Presidential Palace”.  It almost seems that the
British Government is encouraging those seeking the permanent division of the island .  We, as British citizens,
would like you to explain to us how our Government intends to honour its obligations as a guarantor power of
the sovereignty and integrity of Cyprus and help towards finding a solution that safeguards the Human Rights
of all Cypriots, respects international law and ensures the return of all refugees and the removal of Turkish
troops and settlers from the island.  We demand the return of our properties which are currently in the occupied
areas and whose use and enjoyment we are denied; we expect the British Government to adopt an ethical foreign
policy and ensure that we are not denied our basic Human Rights regarding our properties.

We are certain you are aware of the BBC Radio 4 programme, (23rd January ), referred to below:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/4632080.stm


UK's murky role in Cyprus crisis
By Jolyon Jenkins
Producer, BBC Radio 4's Document
Major Ted MaceyMajor Ted Macey demonstrated weapons to Turkish Cypriots
 

Evidence has emerged that British undercover forces were involved in fomenting the conflict between Greek
and Turkish Cypriots ten years before the 1974 partition of Cyprus

 Martin believes such small episodes were the key to preventing the island drifting towards ethnic
separation. But, he says, this was not what the Americans and British had in mind. He recalls being
asked to take a visiting US politician, acting secretary of state George Ball, around the island. Arriving
back in Nicosia, says Martin, "Ball patted me on the back, as though I were sadly deluded and he said:
That was a fantastic show son, but you've got it all wrong, hasn't anyone told you that our plan here is
for partition?
"

We would be grateful to receive your comments on the allegations made regarding long term British foreign
policy on Cyprus.

Yours sincerely
Mrs Mary Helen Karaolis, BEd (Hons)   MA   NPQH 
President of the Association of Rizokarpasso in Britain
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The Association of Rizokarpasso in Britain has written to Cherie Booth Blaire QC, to the Prime Minister,
Tony Blair, to the Secretary of State for Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs, Jack Straw, and to several Members
of the British Parliament.  Our Association encourages all compatriots and associations to write and convey their
concern over the involvement of the Prime Minister's wife in the Orams case.  Please see the letter below to Mr Straw:

 

Rt. Hon. Jack Straw MP                                                                        20th December 2005

Secretary of State for Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs

Foreign & Commonwealth Office

King Charles Street

London SW1A 2AH

 

Dear Mr Straw

 

"Property issues are closely linked to the political situation. There are a
number of potential practical, financial and legal implications, particularly for those considering buying property in the north - these relate to the non-recognition of the "Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus", the possibility of a future political settlement in Cyprus, and claims to ownership from people displaced in 1974. There is also a risk that purchasers would face legal proceedings in the courts of the Republic of Cyprus, as well as attempts to enforce judgments from the courts of the Republic of Cyprus elsewhere in the EU, including the UK. Separately, the administration in the  north imposes specific rules for foreigners purchasing property in the north including the requirement to obtain consent to transfer of property, and you should ensure you are fully aware of these." (Foreign & Commonwealth Office website)

 

The above statement on the FCO website causes us to question why Cherie Booth Blair, the wife of our Prime Minister, who should act, and be seen to act, correctly, should accept the case to defend Mr & Mrs Orams, who chose
to build their villa on Mr Apostolides property. We believe that this very public involvement, which denies the Human Rights of Greek Cypriots to use and enjoy their properties in north Cyprus, whilst at the same time supporting the theft and exploitation of stolen assets, compromises the position of the British Government's foreign policy. Cherie Blair's involvement is not in
accordance with the statement in every letter I have received from your FCO that "the aim of the UK government continues to be a comprehensive settlement that is just, viable and lasting which is for the benefit of all Cypriots".

 

In 1974, when Turkish troops invaded Cyprus, Greek Cypriots fled for their lives abandoning their properties, however, that does not change the legal ownership of their properties. The invasion and continued occupation of north Cyprus by Turkish troops together with the settlers from Turkey, who were taken to Cyprus and given the properties of Greek Cypriots in order to demographically alter Cyprus, is a denial of Human Rights to Greek Cypriots.   The members of our Association were either born in Rizokarpasso or their parents or grandparents were born in Rizokarpasso.  Most of our members are the legal owners of homes and properties in Rizokarpasso and since the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus have been denied the use and enjoyment of their properties. Illegal settlers from mainland Turkey occupy most of the homes
and properties of our members. These settlers, we believe, are illegal under Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention which forbids an occupying power from transferring part of its civilian population to the occupied territory.    We sympathise totally with Mr Apostolides and believe that the Orams  knew that they were in possession of "stolen" property, because they chose to build a villa on it is irrelevant.

 

We believe that the increased construction activity and the illegal sale and exploitation of Greek Cypriot property in the occupied area imposes serious obstacles on any initiative for a solution and we believe that Cherie Blair's involvement severely aggravates the problem.   We believe that our Prime Minister's wife should not be seen to be aiding and abetting such illegal and
dishonourable practices; her action will do untold damage to the credibility of the British Government.   We urge you, as Foreign Secretary, to intervene in this situation since Cherie Booth Blair's involvement is seen by our members as a reflection of the British Government's negative and unhelpful foreign policy on Cyprus.

 

Yours sincerely

Mary Karaolis, BEd (Hons)  MA  NPQH
President of the Association of Rizokarpasso in Britain

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Please do write to Jack Straw, Tony Blair and Cherie Booth.   Their addresses are:
 

Cherie Booth QC                               

Matrix Chambers

Griffin Building

Gray's Inn

London WC1R 5LN

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The Right Honourable Tony Blair MP                                                                
Prime Minister of The United Kingdom

10 Downing Street

London SW1A  2AA


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Rt. Hon. Jack Straw MP                                                                                                          

Secretary of State for Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs

Foreign & Commonwealth Office

King Charles Street

London SW1A 2AH

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ASSOCIATION OF RIZOKARPASSO IN BRITAIN

CHRISTMAS GIFT TO THE ENCLAVED CHILDREN

 

The Association of Rizokarpasso in Britain donated CY£3,050 to send a Christmas gift of CY£50, together with a Christmas card, to each of the 61 school children who are enclaved in Rizokarpasso.   The 33 children in the Gymnasion together with 13 children in the Primary School and 15 in the Nursery were delighted to receive their Christmas gift and to know that the Rizokarpassides in Britain, first, second and third generation wish to support and encourage them.   President of the Association, Maria Karaolis has written to the British Foreign Secretary, Jack Straw, and to Members of Parliament on a number of occasions since the beginning of the academic year in September regarding various problems the schools were facing.   The latest problem is the delay by the Turkish administration in approving the part time ICT teacher.

 

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Rt. Hon. Jack Straw MP                                                                              12th December 2005

Secretary of State for Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs

Foreign & Commonwealth Office

King Charles Street

London SW1A 2AH

 

 

Dear Mr Straw

 

Once again our Association wishes to bring to your attention, as a matter of immediate urgency, and to seek your help over the continuing problem that our enclaved compatriots in Rizokarpasso are facing from the Turkish pseudo authorities in occupied northern Cyprus who, once again, are failing to adhere to agreements made and undertakings given.   The illegal Turkish administration is:

 

·         Still delaying the "approval" of 1 secondary school teacher for the Gymnasion. The remaining 4 teachers, that I informed you of in my last letter, dated 30 th October, were finally approved last month.  However the part time (2 days) ICT teacher is still waiting for approval, so the children are still being denied ICT education in the curriculum.   I am sure you are only too aware that ICT is critical in preparing the young for the demands of the technological/digital global economy in which we live;   it is also an essential skill for other areas of the curriculum; hence the enormous investment in ICT in our own schools here.  It is unacceptable that a whole term of education for the children of the enclaved in Rizokarpasso has been interfered with in this way by the illegal Turkish administration.

·         Rapid building is still taking place on land belonging to Greek Cypriots;   land that the refugees demand,  as the legal owners and as a basic human right, that they will return to.

·         Enclaved Greek Cypriots in Rizokarpasso are still forbidden to use their cars unless they have registered them with the illegal Turkish administration.  

 

We believe that you, as Secretary of State for Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs, and bearing in mind the special position of Great Britain as a Guarantor Power with military bases in Cyprus should be more proactive in trying to resolve the problems faced by the enclaved in Rizokarpasso.   We believe that you can influence in the appropriate centres of power and bring pressure upon Turkey to adhere to agreements made and to stop their ethnic cleansing policy.   You as the foreign secretary in our Government, have a responsibility to ensure that our foreign policy adheres to the basic principles of individual freedoms and human rights.  We do not believe that you are assisting the solution of the problems in Cyprus by attempting to promote trade and direct flights to the occupied area under the pretext that you wish to end the isolation of the Turkish Cypriots;  most of the Turkish Cypriots have left the occupied area and it is now inhabited mainly by illegal settlers and their offspring taken there by Turkey, an act which is against Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention which forbids an occupying power from transferring part of its civilian population to occupied territory.   We also consider it totally unacceptable and deeply offensive to see advertisements for occupied north Cyprus inviting holiday makers and investors to exploit our land and property.

 

We had hoped that a Labour Government would recognize the danger of the subordination of human rights matters and the principles of international law to political concerns because of Turkey's geopolitical strategic location.  We, as British Citizens, look forward to your response to our letter and to a more positive and honourable foreign policy regarding Cyprus.   

 

Yours sincerely

Mrs Mary Helen Karaolis, BEd (Hons), MA, NPQH

President of the Association of Rizokarpasso in Britain

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ASSOCIATION OF RIZOKARPASSO IN BRITAIN

EASTBOURNE VISIT

 

Members of the Association of Rizokarpasso in Britain enjoyed a day trip to Eastbourne.  The group gathered and boarded their coach near the Cypriot Community Centre, Wood Green. The day was spent enjoying the sea views, the gardens, shopping, relaxing and, as a group, having the traditional seaside lunch of Fish and Chips at the Athens Restaurant in Eastbourne.

 

The outing was an opportunity to exchange family information and to remember the wonderful times spent in Rizokarpasso more than 31 years ago.   Everyone 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 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 Annual General Meeting on Sunday 16 th October at the Cypriot Community Centre, Wood Green, and the Association's 30th Anniversary Dinner and Dance on Saturday 26 th November at the The Penridge Banqueting Suite, 470 Bowes Road, London N11 1NL




 

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MEETINGS OF THE ASSOCIATION OF RIZOKARPASSO IN BRITAIN

 

A delegation from the Association of Rizokarpasso in Britain consisting of Mary Karaolis (President), Michael Lidas (Vice President), Theodoulos Elia (Honorary President), John Manitaras (member) had a number of meetings to put forward the   views of the overseas Rizokarpassides who are first and second generation British Citizens.  They visited Petros Eftychiou, the High Commissioner for Cyprus  who updated the delegation on developments in Cyprus.   The delegation discussed with the High Commissioner the problems of the enclaved in Rizokarpasso, property issues and the problems of the Cypriot community in Britain.

 

They visited Haris Sophoclides, President of the National Federation of Cypriots in UK, and discussed in a friendly and constructive atmosphere the Association's decision to begin legal action regarding members properties in Rizokarpasso. They also discussed the functioning of the schools in Rizokarpasso and of the problems of the enclaved. They asked that the issue of property rights be discussed at the World Conference of Overseas Cypriots.  

 

On Thursday 2nd June 2.00 – 3.45 pm they visited the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and had long, frank and open discussions with Simon Wood, Head of the Cyprus and Greece Section European Union Directorate and Chantel Mortimer, Cyprus Desk Officer.

 

The Association of Rizokarpasso delegation in their meetings focussed on:

 

·        The plight of the enclaved in Rizokarpasso, their reduced numbers, lack of freedom of movement and other basic human rights, intimidation and murders.

 

·        The right of the refugees and overseas Cypriots to return to their homes and properties.   The right of the refugees and overseas Cypriots to compensation for the loss of enjoyment and use of their properties since 1974.

 

·        Instead of honouring the decisions of the European Court of Human Rights, Loizidou case, the British Government is trying to bypass the rules and regulations of the European Community and seeking to start direct trade with occupied Cyprus, which reinforces the division of the island.

 

·        Overseas Cypriots have been denied the use of their properties for 31 years and many of them have had to work hard to pay back debts incurred in England when they invested in what subsequently became occupied and colonized Cyprus.

 

·        The demand for the basic human right to have your property will not disappear with the natural passage of time and changes in population.   Modern technology has ensured that there are accurate records of events and property ownership. This information is available for second, third and subsequent generations of Rizokarpasides.   Rapid communication and flow of information means that in 2005 Turkey cannot continue to occupy and colonise a EU member country and still claim to be ready to begin accession talks to join the EU.

 

·        The British Government has not fulfilled its obligation as a Guarantor Power for the independence and territorial integrity of Cyprus, with a vested interest in Cyprus i.e. the British bases and the telecommunications centre on Mount Olympus.

 

·        British citizens and businesses are being enticed into investing in illegally occupied properties in occupied Cyprus, obviously offered at bargain prices since they are stolen assets.

 

·        Rizokarpassides who are British citizens, first, second and third generation, individually and as a group plan to take legal action to secure the return of their illegally occupied properties in Cyprus and expect their Government to support them.

 

·        The British Government is expected to be active in securing human rights for all the legitimate people of Cyprus and   ensuring that the Turkish troops and settlers cease to prop up an illegal regime and cease to occupy a third of the Republic of Cyprus.

 

Simon Wood's responses, in summary, were:

 

·        In trying to end the isolation of the Turkish Cypriots the British Government was helping towards the achievement of a solution to the Cyprus problem but this did not mean recognition. Britain wants to encourage the development of an honest economy in the north and provide an incentive to engage in sea trade.   The Government of the Republic of Cyprus is working on this issue.

·        Aid given to Turkish Cypriots did not mean recognition and could not go where ownership was disputed.

·        Small amounts of aid is given to Turkey for humanitarian projects.

·        British Government policy is that Turkey cannot join the EU until there has been an "agreed negotiated settlement" on Cyprus.   He said that both Turkey and Talat want a settlement and a solution.   The prospect of EU entry was a powerful lever on Turkey and he believed that the accession talks would begin.

·        Turkey's refusal to recognise Cyprus was causing problems in various organisations e.g. OECD and Turkey will need to address this issue. 

·        The strategic objective was peace in the middle east and an "agreed negotiated solution" on Cyprus.

·        The British Government cannot get involved in assisting or making representations about property rights.   The only way for the British Government to get involved in the property issue is by supporting steps which will lead to an "agreed negotiated solution".   He said that negotiations may involve compromise.  

 

The delegation emphasised that the compromise seemed to have all been on the Greek Cypriot side so far and that no "agreed negotiated solution" was acceptable unless it involved the return of the properties to their legal owners and the withdrawal of settlers and of all Turkish troops from the island.

 

Simon Wood said that he valued the opportunity to meet and hear the views of the delegation. He said that the meeting had revealed clear differences of opinion on the way forward on Cyprus issues.   However, he reassured the delegation that finding a solution to the many difficult problems on Cyprus remains a priority for the government and the magnitude of the problem is not underestimated.

 

 

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