SEKA Victoria send letter to Premier ahead of visit by Turkish Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar

·

SEKA Victoria, the Justice for Cyprus Co-ordinating Committee, have sent a letter to the state Premier, Jacinta Allen to request they ignore the upcoming visit of Turkish-Cypriot politician, Ersin Tatar.

The purpose of SEKA Victoria stands to provide justice for Cyprus since the Turkish invasion of the island in 1974, where 37% of the territory of the Republic of Cyprus fell to the Turkish military. The north unilaterally declared its independence on 15 November 1983 under the name of the “Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.”

Tatar calls himself the “President” of the “Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus” (TRNC) – a territory that is not recognised by any country except Turkey.

According to SEKA Victoria, Tatar is set to visit Australia on Wednesday, May 22 and his first stop will be to Melbourne, Victoria.

The SEKA Victoria Committee has written a letter to the State Premier, Jacinta Allen and the Victorian Minister for Environment Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events, Steve Dimopoulos to request they ignore the upcoming visit of Turkish-Cypriot politician, Ersin Tatar to Melbourne on Wednesday, May 22.
The SEKA Victoria Committee has written a letter to the Victorian Government requesting that they ignore the upcoming visit of Turkish-Cypriot politician, Ersin Tatar to Melbourne on Wednesday, May 22.

In their letter to the Victorian Premier, President of SEKA Victoria Pavlos Andronikos said the organisation “understands that the Australian government has assured the Republic of Cyprus that it will not give Tatar’s visit any legitimacy or substance, and that it has informed local governments and State Parliaments of Australia’s official position (non-recognition of the “TRNC”).”

“We congratulate the Prime Minister and his Government for expressing clearly and unequivocally Australia’s position,” Mr Andronikos wrote.

He added that it would be “totally inappropriate for any Victorian Minister or Government official to meet with Tatar,” and explained that Greek and Cypriot Australians are distressed by his planned visit.

“We believe that the purpose of Tatar’s visit is to push for recognition of the illegal “Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus”,” Mr Andronikos said.

The letter concluded by calling on the Victorian Premier to issue a statement making it clear the state government will not engage with Tatar during their visit, and to show their support for the Federal Government’s position on the TRNC.

Advertisement

Share:

KEEP UP TO DATE WITH TGH

By subscribing you accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Advertisement

Latest News

George Diakomichalis keeps family traditions alive at Kalymnos Pastries in SA

Are you looking for somewhere to indulge in authentic Greek sweets and pastries? If so, then Kalymnos Pastries might just be the place.

Restaurateur Chris Lucas set to define a new dining destination for Melbourne

Australian restaurateur Chris Lucas announced he will bring his elegant style and sophisticated design to 435 Bourke Street, Melbourne.

Elfa Moraitakis joins Multicultural NSW Advisory Board

Multicultural NSW has welcomed two new voices to the Multicultural NSW Advisory Board and reappointed two current members.

Cafe owner Marino Plagiotis adapts to new business hours post-COVID

Workers are refusing to return to Sydney's CBD, leaving experts divided on whether the city should adapt to the "new normal" or not.

Apostolos Stamatelopoulos debuts as Socceroos defeat Palestine

Socceroos manager, Graham Arnold made his first substitution during Tuesday's 5-0 win over Palestine by debuting Apostolos Stamatelopoulos.

You May Also Like

On This Day in 1913: The decisive Battle of Lemnos

On the morning of January 5, 1913, the Battle of Lemnos took place between Greek and Turkish fleets in the North Aegean.

Behind the scenes of the GOCSA Dance Academy ‘EPANASTASI’ spectacle rehearsal

The Greek Orthodox Community of SA (GOCSA) Dance Academy will honour the 200th Anniversary of the Greek Revolution with a performance.

Clean-up effort undertaken at iconic Greek Orthodox church in WA to reduce fire risk

Volunteers have carried out major clearing work around the St John the Theologian Greek Orthodox church in WA to reduce fire risk.