Sinn Fein MEP’s Cyprus comments ‘irony at its worst’: Campbell

DUP's Gregory Campbell
DUP's Gregory Campbell

Gregory Campbell has called a Sinn Fein MEP’s comments on killings in Cyprus in the 1970s “breathtaking hypocrisy”.

The DUP MP for East Londonderry said Martina Anderson’s call for Turkey to reveal the truth behind the murder and secret burial of Cypriots was “irony at its worst” in light of the IRA’s track record.

Around 3,000 people were killed when Turkey invaded Cyprus in 1974 - occupying 40 per cent of the island - and 1.400 Greek Cypriots are still unaccounted for.

Speaking during a debate in the European Parliament, Mrs Anderson said there was an “urgent need to verify the fate of the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot missing persons”, and added: “Turkey must reveal the truth about the missing people and also regarding the further crime of the relocation of victims’ remains by the Turkish authorities.”

Mr Campbell said: “To make a call like this when the organisation that Martina Anderson belonged to for years killed innocent people and buried them in unmarked graves refusing to reveal their whereabouts for decades is staggering. The truth remains a very distant concept for Sinn Fein and it is very clear that Martina Anderson has no regard for how victims in Northern Ireland feel.”