On May 28, 2020, the Permanent Representative of Cyprus to the UN Ambassador Andreas D. Mavrogiannis sent a letter to the UN Secretary General Mr. António Guterres, in which he denounced the Turkish violations of the national airspace and maritime space of the Republic of Cyprus, which took place during the months of February and March 2020.
The letter was issued on 11.06.2020 as an official document A/74/868-S/2020/455 of the General Assembly and the Security Council of the United Nations.
In his letter, the Permanent Representative attached four documents detailing violations of Cyprus’s national airspace, international air traffic regulations in the Nicosia Flight Information Area (FIR) and its illegal use of closed ports and airports. He also points out the systematic use of the illegal airport in Tympus by Turkish commercial aircraft.
Mr. Mavrogiannis notes that this Turkish behavior is of particular concern to the Republic of Cyprus and is a continuing violation of its sovereignty and increases the devastating effects of the invasion and continued occupation of part of its territory by Turkey.
In addition, he stressed that this persistent policy of violating the UN Charter, international law and international rules and regulations poses a constant threat to international peace and security, adversely affects regional stability, jeopardizes the security of international aviation policy, creates difficulties in air traffic in Cyprus and prevents the creation of a favorable environment for the conduct of the peace process.
The Permanent Representative also noted that Turkey’s aforementioned actions, which have continued in the northern part of the Republic of Cyprus since 1974, clearly aim to undermine Cyprus’ sovereignty, reinforcing the ongoing de facto division and upgrading of the separatist entity, claiming an alleged airspace over the occupied territory of the Republic of Cyprus. He stressed that there is a legal authority in Cyprus, the Republic of Cyprus, as confirmed by various Security Council resolutions, in particular Resolutions 541 (1983) and 550 (1984), which annulled the attempted secession of part of the Republic of Cyprus.
Finally, Mr. Mavrogiannis urges Turkey and the Turkish Cypriot community to contribute to a substantial continuation of the peace process, instead of focusing on undermining the sovereignty of the Republic of Cyprus and promoting the division of Cyprus and its territories through the creation of fait accompli on its territory and the consolidation of the status quo, seeking, among other things, the political upgrading of the separatist entity./ibna