Permanent Representative of Cyprus to the United Nations Andreas Hadjichrysanthou sent a letter dated 17 March 2021 recording within two separate documents violations committed by Turkey against Cyprus national airspace and against the flight information region of Cyprus. Hadjichrysanthou further recorded the illegal use of closed ports and airports by Turkey in Cyprus.
According to news media in the Republic of Cyprus, Hadjichrysanthou stated the following in the letter:
“… it is regrettable that international civil aviation continues to be faced with a situation where one of the States members of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), namely Turkey, does not observe fundamental provisions of the Convention on International Civil Aviation and its annexes, thus causing potential risks for international air navigation … Turkey continues to systematically harass civilian and military aircraft within the Nicosia flight information region with radio calls, while the secessionist regime that it has installed in the area of Cyprus under Turkey’s illegal military occupation purports to issue notices to airmen relating to exercises conducted by the Turkish Air Force …”.
Hadjichrysanthou further noted that the systematic use of the Tympou airport by Turkish commercial aircraft continues to be in effect illegally and that these actions by Turkey aim to undermine the sovereignty of Cyprus while at the same time consolidating the ongoing de facto division of the island.
Hadjichrysanthou – “… there is only one Cypriot State, which is the Republic of Cyprus. Accordingly, the Republic of Cyprus is the sole internationally recognized State responsible for the provision of air traffic services within the Nicosia flight information region in its entirety, and for publishing aeronautical information concerning that flight information region …”.
The letter further called for Turkey and the administration in the north of Cyprus to “… try to contribute constructively to a meaningful resumption of the peace process. In that regard, it is regrettable that Turkey and the new Turkish Cypriot leader publicly reject the longstanding United Nations parameters for the settlement of the Cyprus problem and actively promote a so-called “two-state solution”, in blatant disregard of relevant Security Council resolutions …”.
Hadjichrysanthou concluded with – “… with a view to the implementation of resolution 550 (1984), the area at present under the control of the United Nations Peace-keeping Force in Cyprus be extended to include Varosha … that any line of action by Turkey in Varosha other than that stipulated by the aforementioned resolutions would have been a material breach by Turkey of its obligations under the said resolutions …”.
Word From Cyprus