Cyprus protests to the UN against new violations of its national airspace by Turkish military aircrafts
New York, May 25 -- Cyprus has strongly protested to the United Nations against new violations of the flight information region (FIR) of Nicosia and the national airspace of the Republic of Cyprus by military aircrafts of the Turkish Air Force during the months of March, April and May 2005.
In a letter dated 17 May 2005 sent to UN Secretary-General Mr Kofi Annan, Cyprus’ Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Andreas Mavroyiannis noted that such acts blatantly contravene international law and air traffic regulations and seriously endanger international civil aviation and called for their immediate cessation. “Moreover, these violations increase insecurity, maintain a climate of tension in a particularly sensitive region and undermine the efforts made to achieve progress in resolving the long-standing Cyprus issue,” he added.
Concluding, Ambassador Mavroyiannis stressed that if Turkey were to refrain from further violations and to respect the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of the Republic of Cyprus, it would contribute significantly to improving the climate and to creating the conditions required for reconciliation and reunification of Cyprus.