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Met Police bow to GC lobbying over TRNC flag 'dispaly'

“OUTRAGED” Turkish Cypriot civil groups are considering their next move after London’s Metropolitan Police apologised to a Greek Cypriot lobby group for its officers displaying the TRNC flag at a cultural event in the British capital a year ago.

Met Police bow to GC lobbying over TRNC flag 'dispaly'

 

By KEREM HASAN

Chief Reporter

National Federation of Cypriots in the UK (NFC UK) head Christos Karaolis complained to Met commissioner Cressida Dick about the Turkish Police Association stall at the Council of Turkish Cypriot Associations (UK) (CTCA)-organised Turkish Cypriot Cultural Festival in Enfield on June 17 last year, which featured TRNC and Turkish flags flanked by police vehicles.

A Met spokesman told Cyprus Today: “The [TRNC] flag itself is not prohibited or illegal, but is of a historic disputed territory.

“The image including the flag was later also shared on the official Enfield [police] Twitter [account and then] taken down.”

The spokesman said a review by the force's Directorate of Professional Standards (DPS) had judged “the officers . . . not . . . to be acting in any intentional discriminatory way” and that the subsequent tweet had merely been intended to promote the event to a wider audience who follow the Enfield police Twitter page.

The DPS report led to apology being sent to the NFC UK and published on their website.

The spokesman added: “The review also picked up a clear need for learning and guidance to be given by the MPS [Metropolitan Police Service] to all staff support associations for impartiality and safeguarding to maintain a corporate compliance with the code of ethics.

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