Review Hari Stefanatos
House President Yiannakis Omirou has sent a letter of protest to the President of Asian Parliamentary Assembly (APA), Syed Nayyer Hussain Bokhari, regarding the unacceptable action to pose obstacles to the participation of a Cypriot parliamentary delegation to a meeting of an APA committee. In the letter Omirou asks from the APA president to protest to the turksih authorities and bring the issue before the Assembly.
Republic of Cyprus’ two member delegation comprised of MPs Nicos Tornaritis and Stella Mishiaouli-Demetriou was to travel to Ankara to attend a meeting of the APA Standing Committee on Political Affairs on May 14 and 15. They were forced to cancel their participation at the last minute, however, due to the denial of the Turkish authorities to a request of the House, to issue visas for the Cypriot MPs upon their arrival to Turkey.
The problem arises from the introduction by Turkey of a new on-line system for visa applications, in which the Republic of Cyprus is presented as “Greek Cypriot Administration of Southern Cyprus” and the puppet regime in Cyprus` Turkish occupied areas as “Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus”. Under these conditions Omirou made it clear that no citizen of the republic of Cyprus would apply for a visa to Turkey.
This incident the Cypriot House President continues, despite from being “not only illegal but also unacceptable and provocative”, Turkey’s actions come “during a period in which talks aiming at a settlement of the Cyprus problem take place, show, at least, lack of good will”.
Omirou concluded saying that “we expect the response of APA and its President”, and that the House of Representatives will examine other actions it deems right to take, in view of these developments.