Cyprus betrayal

Shazia Mirza never fails to entertain. Her comments on Cyprus (Shazia's Week, 4 February) made me laugh out loud. However, there is a tragic side to that country that people must not forget. Four years after declaring its intention to facilitate the reunification of Cyprus, the EU has failed to end a single embargo, but is a collaborator in the ongoing inhumane isolation of Turkish Cypriots, leaving 250,000 of the EU's newest citizens to live under apartheid conditions.

Britain is one of three original guarantor powers and has a special responsibility to treat the two sides equally, and to protect the balance of power created in 1960. It has failed miserably (again). Today, the UK treats the Greek Cypriot side as the sole proprietor of the whole island, condemning the Turkish Cypriots to life as an excluded community without access to basic human rights.

Saf Hussain


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This article first appeared in the 11 February 2008 issue of the New Statesman, Now it gets really dirty