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πρωτοβουλίας των Ριζοκαρπασιτών για την σωτηρία της φύσης του Ριζοκαρπάσου,
σε όλους του Υψηλού Επιπέδου Πολιτικούς της Ευρωπαϊκής Ένωσης.
We wish to present you with the petition we have submitted as legal land owners of the environmentally protected area of the cape of Rizokarpaso – Apostolos Andreas. It is seriously threatened by construction works that were recently announced, as well as road works, without any environmental impact studies.
As land owners we are kindly requesting your political intervention so that the permanent protection of the area is secured, an area that is considered of great environmental importance by the European Union. We are attaching an answer from the European Commission on this matter of concern to us that explains in detail the environmental importance of the area.
Protest for construction of road in environmentally protected areas without any environmental criteria taken into consideration
The area of Rizokarpaso is today inhabited by 3000 settlers, who have been moved illegally to the area from Turkey. They have usurped the homes of displaced Rizokarpasians. There are only approximately 300 Greek Cypriots remaining in the village since the inhabitants of the village began to be uprooted in 1974.
This specific area has been chosen since 1998 as a protected European zone due to its great environmental value alongside its exuberant biodiversity. Today, the Rizokarpaso area is potentially a part of Natura 2000. The European Committee (Enlargement Department) is currently funding an environmental project worth 5,2 million Euro.
Lately, the area has been threatened by unauthorized development construction, in a location which is of great archaeological importance within the Natura 2000; we have already filed a report on this matter.
At the same time, besides the actions mentioned above, road construction has begun, without any environmental criteria taken into consideration. As a result, the cohesion and balance of the surrounding nature is being destroyed.
The highway of great length and width from Yiallousa to Apostolos Andreas is being constructed without a feasibility study or an environmental impact study.
Enormous rocks have been moved, land has been reclaimed and a substantial amount of vegetation has been uprooted. The landscape as well as the flora and fauna of the area have been traumatized irreparably. This highway will pass through Rizokarpaso and it is either going to end up straight to Apostolos Andreas or, according to some information, another part will be added to the northern shore of Rizokarpaso, leading to the same destination. No matter which course this road may take, one thing is certain: much more non reversible damage and environmental destruction will result.
We would be very grateful if you could take into consideration the enormity of this problem and approach it with the appropriate attention so as to put a stop to this environmental destruction that is being done in Karpasia. Karpasia should remain a protected area, the eastern part of our European heritage.
Initiative group of landowners of Rizokarpaso
Answer given byMr Potočnik
on behalf of the Commission
The Commission has indeed financed a project aimed at preparing detailed plans for management and protection of seven specially protected areas in the northern part of Cyprus. These sites are likely to be designated as "Natura 2000" sites following a comprehensive settlement and reunification.
The potential sites are located in an area of the Republic of Cyprus which is not under the effective control of the Government of the Republic of Cyprus and where the application of the Community acquis is suspended. The Commission is, nevertheless, trying to persuade concerned parties to apply appropriate conservation measures.
For example, information has been recently brought to its attention regarding the plans to build university facilities in the Karpass region, in one of the above-mentioned specially protected sites. This area presents unique environmental wealth, because of the presence of nesting beaches for sea turtles, monk seal habitats and breeding and non-breeding species of birds protected under EU legislation. Any development proposal which is not compatible with the sensitive environment of this site is definitely a matter of concern for the Commission. (EC is building a visitors center for the future Natura 2000 site also in this area)
The Commission considers the issue important and the Directorate-General for Environment will follow it closely
Κείμενο αναφοράς που στάληκε σήμερα στην Επιτροπή Αναφορών του Ευρωπαϊκού Κοινοβουλίου με πρωτοβουλία της συγχωριανής μας Άννας Γιάλλουρου. Το υπέγραψαν 514 Ριζοκαρπασίτες.
Petition for Agios Filon
On going environmental destruction in the protected Natura 2000 area of Rizokarpaso
Thirty-six years have passed since the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974 which displaced almost all the Greek Cypriot residents of the northern part of the island and left 20,000 enclaved Greek Cypriots in the Karpasia Peninsula. In suffocating, suppressive conditions and through blatant violations of the human rights of the enclaved people, its population declined dramatically the following decades to only 300 at present, mostly elderly, while tens of thousands of settlers descended and are living in northern Cyprus.
The 300 enclaved Greek Cypriots live mostly in the town of Rizokarpaso, the northern, southern and eastern coasts (Apostolos Andreas Cape) of which have been chosen to potentially be incorporated in the Natura 2000 program because of their special environmental heritage and the rare flora and fauna. This whole area falls within the European Commission’s program of Environmental Management valued at €5.2 million in accordance with the relevant directives and laws of the European Union (directive 92/43/EEC, directive 79/409/EEC). For this purpose the European Commission has signed a contract with a Consortium headed by the policy Company NIRAS IC Sp z.o.o. Responsibility for this agreement falls under the service EUPSO Directorate General for the enlargement of the European Union.
Various announcements have been publicized and a relevant inscription that has been installed in the above referenced area, announces the beginning of construction work for the extension of a private university (which is located in Kyrenia) on the site. This site is entirely filled with ancient monuments, ruins of ancient cities, an ancient Roman port and includes the famous Byzantine Vasilika of Saint Philonas (first Bishop of Karpasia).
We, the below referenced displaced people, most of whom are landowners of Natura 2000 zone of Karpasia, ask from the European Parliament to intervene toward the Government of Turkey and the regime in the northern part of Cyprus, so that all those involved in the development plans within the potentially protected zone that is included in the Natura 2000, comply with the European laws and the protection measures which have already been drawn up on behalf of the Commission. These measures aim to maintain intact the flora, fauna and ancient monuments of this most beautiful region which does not only belong to us but it is the easternmost part of our common European heritage.
We also ask that the owners of the land, both the enclaved and the displaced, be afforded continuous regular updating of the developments in the Greek language.
Ps: We would like to keep our names confidential so that we are not prevented by the Turkish authorities from crossing the check points to visit our village in the occupied area.
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