Turkish-Cypriot diplomats promote flights from occupied Tymbou airport to Pakistan, Gambia and elsewhere

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A delegation of foreign diplomats, including from Occupied Cyprus, visited the Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry (ICCI) in Pakistan for an interaction with the business community.

The foreign diplomats, undergoing 28th Junior Diplomatic Course at Foreign Service Academy of Pakistan (FSAP), were representing various countries including Kazakhstan, Cote d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Nicaragua, Samoa, Solomon Island, South Sudan, Tanzania, Gambia, Togo and Uganda, but included a delegation from the so-called "Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus", recognised by no other country but Turkey in an attempt to legitimise its occupation of the northern portion of the island since its 1974 invasion.


Tymbou airport is not recognised by ICAO, which is the highest international authority on legal issues relating to civil aviation in general. ICAO’s policy on matters relating to Cyprus is in conformity with that of the United Nations and the international community.

Consequently, ICAO recognises only the Republic of Cyprus and its Government as the sole representative of the whole island.

It should also be stressed that according to ICAO decisions of 1974, 1975 and 1977, a country not exercising temporarily effective control over its territory by reason of military occupation, does not lose its sovereign rights over such territory and the airspace above it.

Elsewhere, the leader of the Turkish-Cypriot community, Ersin Tatar, met in Occupied Cyprus with Gambian Vice President Badara Joof.

Joof stated that they can improve relations between the “two countries” in line with the principle of a ‘win-win’, regardless of what other circles think.

United Nations Security Council Resolution 541 and UN Security Council Resolution 550 recognises the so-called “Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus” as an illegal entity.

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