Cyprus - Illegal Issues of Postage Stamps



Berne, 7 February 2000

International Bureau Circular


Dear Sir/Madam

The postal administration of CYPRUS asks me to inform you of the following:

"The postal administration of the Republic of Cyprus informs the member countries of the Union that the illegal regime in the territory occupied by the Turkish army issued, on 12 November 1999, a set of "postage stamps" entitled "Anniversaries and Events" for the 35 years of the so-called "Turkish Cypriot Postal Administration", the 125th anniversary of the UPU and the Eclipse of the Sun on 11 August 1999.

"As we have already stated in a previous representation and in accordance with resolution C 5 adopted on 19 September 1979 by the 18th Congress of the UPU in Rio de Janeiro, the above-mentioned "stamps" are, like all previous issues, illegal and cannot be valid for the prepayment of mail posted in any part of the Republic of Cyprus. Furthermore, in accordance with the above resolution, member countries of the UPU should refuse to handle any mail bearing these illegal postage stamps."

Yours faithfully,

Assistant Director-General

More information about the illegal issues can be obtained directly from the UPU, Mrs. Maria Libera.

Published: 09/15/2001. Revised: 09/16/01.
Copyright 2001 by PWO and
by Victor Manta, Switzerland.
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