Decolonising Cyprus 60 Years after Independence: An Assessment of the Legality of the Sovereign Base Areas
European Journal of International Law, Forthcoming
32 Pages Posted: 31 Mar 2023
Date Written: March 22, 2023
The Sovereign Base Areas (SBA) are two parts on the island of Cyprus, with a combined territory of 99 square miles, over which the UK exercises sovereignty. They were created by the Treaty of Establishment 1960, which is also the international agreement that granted the Republic of Cyprus its independence. The article maps out the implications of the Chagos Archipelago Advisory Opinion for the SBA. It argues that the process through which they were created disregarded the wishes of the Cypriot people and was, therefore, not in accordance with the right to self-determination.
Keywords: Chagos Advisory Opinion, Sovereign Base Areas, self-determination, independence
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