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Cyprus Permanent Representative to the UN sends letter of protests to UN Secretary General on Turkey's air traffic violations

Cyprus Permanent Representative to the UN sends letter of protests to UN Secretary General on Turkey's air traffic violations
The Permanent Representative of Cyprus to the UN, Ambassador Kornelios Korneliou, addressed to the UN Secretary-General a letter dated October 31, which was released yesterday as an official UN document (no. A/72/550-S/2017/828).

In his letter, the Permanent Representative strongly protests against the continuing infringements of international air traffic regulations and violations of the national airspace of the Republic of Cyprus by Turkey and the illegal use of closed ports by Turkish warships during the month of September 2017.

Along with the letter, Korneliou submitted two documents detailing the infringements of international air traffic regulations and violations of the national airspace of the Republic of Cyprus by Turkey (see annex I) and the illegal use of closed ports by Turkish warships (see annex II) during the month of September 2017.

"It should also be noted that Turkish commercial aircraft systematically use the illegal airport of Tympou", he notes, adding that "the occupation regime illegally issued three notices to airmen relating to exercises conducted by the Turkish Air Force in September 2017".

"Turkey’s actions are clearly aimed at undermining the sovereignty of the Republic of Cyprus, bolstering the continuing de facto division and upgrading the secessionist entity’s status by claiming a purported airspace over the occupied territory of the Republic. In addition, Turkey continues to systematically harass civilian and military aircraft within the Nicosia flight information region (FIR) via radio calls. Meanwhile, Nicosia FIR infringements and violations of the national airspace of the Republic of Cyprus continue unabated", the Permanent Representative stresses.

Korneliou further points out that Turkey’s policy of persistently breaching international law and defying international rules and regulations puts the safety of international civil aviation at risk, has a negative impact on the stability of the region and causes difficulties for air traffic over Cyprus, resulting in creating tensions during a critical period for the successful outcome of the ongoing negotiation process for a peaceful comprehensive solution to the Cyprus problem.

"On behalf of my Government, I strongly protest against the continuing infringements of international air traffic regulations and the violations of the national airspace and the territorial waters of the Republic of Cyprus by Turkey and appeal for their immediate cessation. The Republic of Cyprus reiterates, in this respect, its call for adherence to the principle of sovereignty and non-interference enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations", Korneliou concludes./IBNA

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