Will the ICC Investigate Turkish Settlement Activity in Cyprus? – Eugene Kontorovich (Washington Post)
(dailyalert.org, Aug. 8, 2014)
A group of Cypriot refugees and a European parliamentarian have recently filed a complaint with the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, alleging Turkey has violated the Rome Statute by directly or indirectly deporting or transferring its civilian population into occupied territory in northern Cyprus.
The Republic of Cyprus has joined the complainants in accusing Turkey of war crimes.
Turkish settlement activity has “reached new heights” in the past decade according to a Wikileaked cable from a U.S. ambassador, with as many as 18,000 settlers arriving every year (apparently not counting “natural growth”).
Here there is an allegation of war crimes on the territory of the European Union itself. Will the ICC investigate? Don’t hold your breath.
The writer is a professor at Northwestern University School of Law.