- At the annual rally organised by the National Federation of Cypriots, UK Cypriots demonstrated outside the Turkish Embassy in London for the 36th consecutive year to condemn the illegal UDI by the secessionist regime in the occupied area of Cyprus and to call for a free, united Cyprus.
- “We are sending a message to Turkey that this illegal UDI does not stand; that it needs to end its occupation of Cyprus; and that it, finally, needs to allow a free, united Cyprus where all the people of Cyprus can live and prosper together.” – Christos Karaolis, President of the National Federation of Cypriots in the UK.
36 years to the day since the so-called ‘TRNC’ illegally and unilaterally declared its independence, UK Cypriots once again took action to demonstrate their support for a free, united Cyprus; the reversal of the illegal unilateral declaration of independence; and end of the occupation of more than a third of Cyprus by Turkey’s military.
Letter to the Ambassador of Turkey
To highlight the continued injustices by Turkey in Cyprus and the desire of the UK Cypriot community for reunification, the President of the National Federation of Cypriots in the UK, Christos Karaolis; the President of POMAK, Andreas Papaevripides; the President of NEPOMAK, Christos Tuton; student representatives; and Officers of the Federation delivered a letter to the Ambassador of Turkey. The letter, signed by the Federation’s President, calls on Turkey to accept that the anachronistic system of guarantees cannot continue and that Turkey’s occupying troops must leave Cyprus. Moreover it also urged Turkey to embrace the opportunity presented by the upcoming meeting between the UN Secretary General, President Anastasides and Mr Akinci, rather than continually undermine efforts to restart negotiations. The letter also criticised the Government of Turkey for refusing to let Cypriots decide their own fate and for imposing “increasingly authoritarian policies” that threaten the very existence of the Turkish Cypriot community – something that scares all communities of Cyprus.