CYPRUS, an independent country, was invaded by
Turkey in 1974. Two hundred thousand Cypriots of Greek, Maronite,
Latin, and Armenian descent were forced out of their homes
in northern Cyprus and became refugees in the south. Many thousands were
killed, injured or raped. Large numbers of illegal settlers were brought
in from mainland Turkey and most Cypriots of Turkish descent, our
co-patriots, were forced into exile.
Occupied northern Cyprus has a puppet government controlled by Turkey and
protected by 40,000 Turkish soldiers. As specified by many International
Agencies (eg. Amnesty International), Turkey has one of the worst records
on Human Rights violations in the world.
Numerous United Nations Resolutions calling for the immediate
withdrawal of Turkish troops and the return of all refugees to their homes
have been blatantly ignored by Turkey. Meanwhile, the plight of the
Cypriot people goes on. No refugee has ever been allowed back in
occupied northern Cyprus. When they try to go back they are brutally
attacked and murdered by the Turkish Occupation Forces.
We ask you kindly not to visit occupied northern Cyprus
and thus financially, morally and politically provide support for the
illegal and barbaric occupation of our homelands. Thank you for your
understanding and we wish you a pleasant stay in free Cyprus.
NOTE: Visiting occupied northern Cyprus also constitutes a serious personal
safety and health hazard. The following, for example, apply to
occupied northern Cyprus.
1)There are reports of endemic hydatid disease, brucellosis, rabies,
salmonellosis and bacterial meningitis.
2)The incidence of road traffic accidents, serious crime, military law,
and violation of human rights is very high.
3) Medical facilities are of a very low standard.
The face of aggression: Turkish soldiers with orders
to shoot to kill any refugee who attempts to enter occupied northern
For us, people from Ayios Epiktitos,
lawful owners of properties in our village, resettlement
to our village is DENIED by the Turkish military
forces. Instead, an alternative offer, the one of treason is presented to us by
the Turkish militants. They ask for our signature to recognize their puppet
state of the so called "Turkish Republic Of Northern Cyprus", that is
the TURKISH ARMY MILITARY OCCUPIED part of CYPRUS.
Not only they have stolen our property,
our history, and our identity,
they even dare to ask their victims (us) to legalize their atrocities and
violations of Human Rights since 1974.
If you are traveling to Cyprus we strongly urge you NOT
to visit the occupied areas of the island. If you do so you will give
economic and political support to the Turkish militants.
If property is presented to you for sale in the Occupied
Cyprus and more specifically in Ayios Epiktitos, always know that you are going
to acquire stolen property and that you too violate basic Human Rights
concerning protection of property.
has already been convicted by the European Court of Human Rights as the
country responsible for violating the Human Rights of Mrs. Titina Loizidou who
has a house in Kyrenia and was forced out after the July 20, 1974 Turkish
Brochure of the Action Group for Democracy and Respect of
Human Rights in Turkey
Legal ports of entry to Cyprus are:
1. LARNACA International Airport.
2. PAPHOS Airport.
3. Limassol (Lemessos) port.
4. Larnaca Port.
Because of the July 20, 1974 Turkish invasion the Nicosia
International Airport has been shut down and is now inside the buffer zone
between Cyprus government troops and the Turkish invasion troops.
For more information about visiting Cyprus visit the Cyprus
Tourism Organization Home Page. (French and German Versions also available)