Letter: Turkish conspiracy

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The Independent Culture
Sir: The ambassador of Turkey, Ozdem Sanberk, complains of prejudice against the Turks. He further displays a sinister ability to forget the recent past.

In 1974 Turkey applied a form of ethnic cleansing on the majority Greek- Cypriot population of Cyprus, very similar to those methods employed by Milosevic in Kosovo. 200,000 people were made refugees in their own country and thousands killed. A 24-hour vigil outside the Turkish embassy in London is a constant reminder to those who care to listen that 1,619 people are still missing.

Despite this obvious breach of international law, the United Nations has remained resolutely toothless. Evidently the division of Cyprus does not cause a strategic, political, or economic crisis worthy of response.

PAUL HAMILOS

London N1

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