“Allow direct flights from Great Britain to Northern Cyprus (TRNC).”
This is the name of the petition submitted to the British government and parliament by Hasan Ozkoc.
British Government the petition website explained that every petition made that gets 10,000 signatures gets a response from the government and that up to 100,000 signatures is usually debated in parliament.
“Our government needs to support direct flights to Northern Cyprus. Britain has an estimated 300,000 inhabitants of Turkish Cypriot descent. Direct flights should create more free flow travel and facilitate access for the disabled and vulnerable. In return, offer Britons their free choice of travel, ”Ozkoc wrote in his failed petition.
“The government must listen to the concerns of its citizens. Direct flights to Northern Cyprus never operated. Direct accessibility to North Cyprus should be provided. The 1994 EU embargo must now be lifted. If we have completed Brexit, we would like to see the UK authorize direct flights from Britain to Northern Cyprus without EU interference. Direct flights should boost tourism because these direct flights never apply, ”his petition concluded.
Ozkoc attempted to frame the reasons why there were no flights from Britain to occupied northern Cyprus as due to EU interference, while ignoring it. United Nations Security Council Resolution 541 and UN Security Council Resolution 550 considers the occupation of North Cyprus illegal while also stressing that the Republic of Cyprus is the only authority on the island.
After receiving 12,665 signature, the British government made a strong response to the petition on September 21.
“The British government is not planning to allow direct flights between Britain and northern Cyprus. In keeping with the rest of the international community, Britain does not recognize the self-declared ‘Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus’ as an independent state. Great Britain recognizes the Republic of Cyprus as the sovereign authority for the island of Cyprus. As a result, the British Government was unable to negotiate an Air Service Agreement with the government in northern Cyprus, “the British government said in response.
“The Republic of Cyprus has not designated any airports in northern Cyprus with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO); therefore, no airports in that part of Cyprus are listed by ICAO as open to international traffic, “the response continued.
The British government later referred to a court ruling highlighting direct flights to occupied northern Cyprus would violate Britain’s “international legal obligations”.
“The UK High Court also ruled in 2009 (Kibris Türk Hava Yollari v Secretary of State for Transport) that allowing direct flights to Ercan airport in northern Cyprus would violate our international legal obligations. This is because it would fail to respect the rights of the Republic of Cyprus under the 1944 Chicago Convention on International Civil Aviation, including choosing which airports to designate as customs airports. This ruling was supported by the Court of Appeal in 2010, “said the response.
“In view of the above, it is against the law for the Government to allow direct flights to the northern part of Cyprus,” the statement concluded.
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