Turkish Cypriot couple Cinel Senem Husseyin and Koray Basdogrultmaci, who faced persecution in the north for flying the flag of the Republic of Cyprus, have written to President Nicos Anastasiades to remind him of his pledge to help them take Turkey to the European Court of Human Right but haven’t heard back yet, a statement by the “Viable Solution” movement said on Saturday.
“Cinel Senem Husseyin and Koray Basdogrultmaci are a Turkish Cypriot couple who were persecuted repeatedly by Turkey through its puppet regime in the occupied part of Cyprus,” the statement said.
“Their ‘crime’ is that they support a unitary state in Cyprus and they raised the flag of the Republic of Cyprus (RoC). As citizens of the RoC, nine months ago, they asked for the assistance of their president, Mr. Anastasiades, to help them take Turkey to the court of the EU.”
The couple was acquitted by a court in the north last June.
In their letter of request to Anastasiades, the couple, who prefer the term ‘Turkish-speaking Cypriots’, recalled that it has been “nine months since we have been waiting for support to go to the EU court against Turkey”.
“Remember at our first meeting at the presidential palace you said ‘finish the court in the occupied area and after we will give support for you’,” the couple wrote the president.
“What happened now? What changed? We finished the court with success with a victory for every Cypriot. Nothing stopped us, we got attacked, we got threatened by Grey Wolves, but we never gave up on our fight of what we believe.”
We are not asking for money, we are only asking for help to be able to go, the couple added.
“We are not doing this for ourselves – we are doing this for Cyprus, for all Cypriots! We want Turkey to be judged for illegally occupying and dividing our island for 42 years – this is a war crime…”
“Viable Solution” have put up an online petition in support of the couple’s cause, and invite all who agree to log on and sign their name.