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Cyprus protests Turkish violations to the UN

August 24, 2018 at 11:55am
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The Republic of Cyprus has protested to the UN violations of its airspace and territorial waters by Turkey, which took place last June, underlining that they aim to undermine its sovereignty.

Michael Mavros, First Secretary of the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Cyprus to the UN, sent on August 7, 2018, a letter to the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, protesting Turkish violations, a press release issued by the PIO says.

It added that the letter was circulated on Thursday, August 23, as an official document of the UN General Assembly and of the Security Council, with no. Α/72/947-S/2018/760.

Mavros attaches two documents to his letter, describing in detail all Turkish violations of international air traffic regulations and the Republic’s national airspace, while noting the illegal use of ports, which remain closed, by Turkish warships.

He underlines, moreover, the systematic use of the illegal airport in Tympou by Turkish commercial planes.

The First Secretary also says that Turkey, which illegally occupies the northern part of the Republic of Cyprus since 1974, aims through these actions to undermine the sovereignty of the Republic of Cyprus.

He also reiterates that the only authority in Cyprus is the Republic of Cyprus, as stipulated in various Security Council resolutions and in particular in resolutions 541 (1983) and 550 (1984), in which the Security Council declares the so-called ‘TRNC’ as null and void.

Mavros encourages finally Turkey and the Turkish Cypriots to heed the calls of the international community and contribute to a meaningful resumption of the peace process, instead of undermining the sovereignty of the Republic of Cyprus and reinforcing the continuation of the de facto division by upgrading the status of the secessionist entity.

(CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY)