Persistent violation of UN Charter policy poses permanent threat to international peace and security
By Michalis Michael
The Turkish violations of the national airspace of the Republic of Cyprus by Turkey during July and August, denounces in a letter to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, Cyprus Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Ambassador. The letter is dated October 11 and was released last Friday as an official document of the UN General Assembly and UN Security Council, A/74/495-S/2019/809.
The letter, according to what the CNA reports, encloses four documents detailing violations from Turkey of the Republic of Cyprus’ National Airspace, of the international air traffic regulations inside Nicosia’s FIR, and the illegal use of closed ports and airports. The systematic use by Turkish commercial aircraft of the illegal Toumos airport is also denounced.
Ambassador Mavrogiannis points out that this Turkish behavior is of particular concern to the Republic of Cyprus, constitutes a continuous 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 stresses that the policy of persistent violation of the United Nations Charter, international law and international rules and regulations, constitutes a permanent threat to international peace and security, adversely affects regional stability, endangers the safety of international civil aviation, creates difficulties in air traffic in Cyprus and impedes the creation of a favorable environment for the conduct of the peace process.
It is also stressed that these actions by Turkey, which has continued to occupy the northern part of the Republic of Cyprus since 1974, are clearly aimed at undermining the sovereignty of Cyprus, reinforcing the continuing de facto division and upgrading of the secessionist entity, claiming a supposed airspace above the occupied territory of the Republic of Cyprus. It also stresses that there is a legal authority in Cyprus, the Republic of Cyprus, as confirmed by various Security Council resolutions, and in particular Resolutions 541 (1983) and 550 (1984), declaring the Security Council null and void the attempted secession of part of it. Republic of Cyprus.
The Cypriot Permanent Representative urges Turkey and the Turkish Cypriot community to contribute to a meaningful repetition of the peace process, rather than focusing on undermining the sovereignty of the Republic of Cyprus and promoting the partition of Cyprus, through the creation of fait accompli, seeking, inter alia, the political upgrading of the secessionist entity./ibna