Sammy Wilson MP – ‘The UK supports two states in Israel / Palestine, why not in Cyprus?’

The Rt. Hon. Sammy Wilson MP, Politics.co.uk

Sammy Wilson MP visited the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus in January 2024. Following that visit, he returned to the UK with a full understanding of the injustice Turkish Cypriots face on a daily basis – from a lack of direct flights and trade, to banning from international sporting tournaments.

Turkish Cypriots are Commonwealth citizens and the UK has an obligation to defend their interests. Currently, this is not the case, and the way to win them equality on the world stage would be through recognition of a two State solution in Cyprus.

DUP Leader: The UK has a key role to play in solving the Cyprus issue

Sir Jeffrey Donaldson MP grew up during the Troubles in Northern Ireland. Speaking about Cyprus, the leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) states the importance of securing a sustainable peace settlement – like that secured on the island of Ireland.

The isolation of Northern Cyprus and its people is unfair and unjust considering it has been the Greek Cypriot Side who have rejected UN-backed solution proposals.

The emergence of “Global Britain” following Brexit allows the UK to act freely on the international stage, without the need to tow the EU line. The Foreign Office must use this opportunity to lead negotiations on a solution for the island.

The Golden Sands Hotel: King Charles III responds to TRNC President Ersin Tatar

The current fiasco surrounding the ownership of the Golden Sands hotel by King Charles has caused a diplomatic row as leader of the Greek Cypriot administration orders an investigation into the issue.

The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus authorities claim that the Royal Family do own the hotel as redevelopment plans for Maraş continue.

One of the proposed images of the redeveloped town seems to have created quite a stir according to the Daily Express.

“When it opened, it was fully booked until 2020″ – what is known about “seven star” hotel allegedly belonging to King Charles III in the TRNC?

Following the Cyprus Peace Operation carried out by Türkiye, the town of Maraş had to be abandoned.

It has now been reported that the Golden Sands hotel which has been left there is owned by King Charles.

However, the Royal Family have continued to deny these claims despite the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus stating the rumours are true.

President Tatar’s plans to transform Maras forces Greek Cypriot Administration into launching an investigation

Whilst the Royal Family have tried to distance themselves from the Golden Sands hotel, the Greek Cypriot leader, Nikos Christodoulides, has ordered a full investigation into the issue.

President Ersin Tatar of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus has stated to Express.co.uk that King Charles does indeed own the hotel.

Meanwhile, redevelopment plans for Maraş continues.

‘Vegas of the Med’ may forge ties between the British Royal Family and Northern Cyprus

As redevelopment plans continue in Maraş, the ownership of the Golden Sands hotel by King Charles has once again come into question with legal battles potentially taking place in the future if the issue is not resolved.

With a consortium of billionaire businesspeople from across the globe in alliance with some of the world’s most successful hoteliers, the beachfront town has the potential to be a top holiday destination for travellers.

It will be interesting to see how the UK Government and Royal Family respond to a potential re-opening of the Golden Sands hotel.

President Tatar’s plans to redevelop Maras could include a hotel owned by Kind Charles III

The ownership of the Golden Sands hotel continues to come into question as redevelopment plans continue in Maraş.

King Charles is believed to be the owner of the hotel according to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus government. However, the Royal Family have denied these rumours.

The hotel was first opened in 1974 and proudly defined itself as “the world’s first seven-star hotel.”

The Labour Party cannot fight Islamophobia without engaging Turkish Cypriots in the UK

In November 2023, a series of Turkish Cypriot community groups wrote to Labour leader, Sir Keir Starmer, to ask him to take a more active approach in tackling Islamophobia against Turkish Cypriot muslims. Starmer referred the group to Shadow Foreign Secretary, David Lammy, who refused a meeting citing his busy schedule.

As we face a general election this year, the Labour Party must realise that for decades Turkish Cypriots have formed a key voting bloc in their electoral coalition. Without them, they will be unable to win many seats in London and the surrounding counties.

The snub by the Shadow Foreign Secretary is a snub of 300,000 Turkish Cypriots living in the UK and highlights that cherry-picking instances of Islamophobia is real and a serious concern to many marginalised Muslim groups.

A lack of direct trade with and flights to Northern Cyprus is ‘onerous and arbitrary’ says senior Conservative MP

The UK formerly had a sensible approach to bilateral ties with the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. Not any more.

Forcing passengers to disembark one aircraft and board another in Türkiye is a cruel and arbitrary measure, especially given the historic ties between the country and the UK.

To continue in this approach would be hypocritical of the British government – especially given it did not reject Kosovo or Bosnia when they declared their independence.

Direct trade and flights is in  Britain’s national interest. To not seize this opportunity gives Iran, China, Russia an open goal.

President Tatar: David Cameron should play his part to end 60 years of stalemate

The reality on Cyprus is one of two States. For 60 years, Turkish Cypriots have governed themselves. Each year the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus proves itself to be more and more of a state worthy of recognition. However, whilst 60 years of stalemate may suit the administration in Southern Cyprus, the UK must chart a path towards a mutually acceptable solution.

As a guarantor power of Cyprus, Britain’s foreign policy must be to recognise the independence of the TRNC so that this frozen conflict can finally end, and both Sides of the island can begin cooperating meaningfully on a range of initiatives that will benefit both communities, the region, and Britain.