Facing Cyprus’ past

Documents from the BritishV archives published in the Turkish Cypriot media confirm that the Turkish Resistance Organisation – TMT is responsible for the murders and attempted murders of a number of leftist Turkish Cypriots in May 1958.

In the documents, which are the English translations (by the British Sovereign Base Headquarters) of a number of leaflets signed and distributed by the TMT at the time, the Resistance Organisation openly claims responsibility for the murders of journalist Fadıl Önder, barber Ahmet Yahya, and attempted murder of trade unionist Ahmet Sadi Erkurt. The original of these leaflets do not exist.

Fadıl Önder, editor in chief of the İnkılâpçı newspaper, was stabbed to death on May 24, 1958 in the middle of a street in the walled city of Nicosia.

Barber Ahmet Yahya was killed while sleeping at his home on May 29, 1958. Ahmet Sadi Erkurt, who was the head of PEO’s Turkish bureau, and his wife, were shot by masked men on the morning of May 22, 1958 in front of their house.

They were both seriously injured and soon after fled Cyprus…………..

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