Saturday, 14 June 2008

Stroppy Turks find American shoulder to cry on

The Cyprus talks are, as expected, going nowhere, with the Turkish side not prepared to consider anything which deviates from its preferred solution of two separate and sovereign states on the island.

Indeed, this week the Turkish side got in such a strop over the pointless and harmless UK-Cyprus Memorandum of Understanding recently signed by President Christofias and Prime Minister Gordon Brown in London – in which 'both countries commit themselves to working together to reunify the island… based on a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation and political equality, as defined by the relevant UN resolutions and the principles upon which the EU is founded, [with] a single sovereignty, international personality and a single citizenship' – that it decided to harden its position in the meetings of the so-called technical committees and working groups supposed to prepare the ground for direct talks between Christofias and the leader of the Turkish Cypriots, Mehmet Ali Talat.

According to this report in Politis newspaper, the Turkish side has been putting forward proposals that envisage no return of territory, property or refugees; the absolute maintenance of Turkey's rights of intervention on the island; and the right to stay on Cyprus and receive Cypriot citizenship for all Turkish settlers, who number between 150,000-200,000. Obviously, these proposals are absurd and cannot form the basis of any serious negotiations.

While the Turks may be upset with the British, they can still rely on the Americans to do their bidding. The adoption, yesterday, of a UN Security Council resolution aimed at renewing the mandate of UN peacekeepers in Cyprus should have been a straightforward affair but was almost scuppered by the Americans, who, acting on Turkey's behalf, all of a sudden, at the last moment, despite the text of the resolution having been agreed the day before, intervened to try and remove references in the resolution to a Cyprus settlement being 'based on a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation and political equality, as defined by the relevant UN resolutions', which, Turkey, having been served Cyprus on a plate by the Annan plan, is no longer interested in.

The Americans failed in their efforts to persuade the other 14 UNSC members to reopen the debate on the resolution, though not before the Americans made it clear that they supported the Turkish position of a Cyprus solution being based on a partnership of two constituent states, which is code for partition, with the Turks masters in the north and partners in the south.

American hostility to Greek national interests is nothing new, of course; but it is worth pointing out that should John McCain win the presidential elections this autumn, Greek and American interests are likely to diverge even further.

This article makes clear that McCain is a stalwart supporter of the view that Turkey is America's most important strategic partner in the Balkans, Middle East and Caucasus, and that America to enhance its alliance with Turkey should unhesitatingly promote Turkish interests, however nefarious. As such, McCain has consistently opposed Armenian genocide resolutions in the Senate, supported Albanian nationalism in the Balkans and, as this article shows, was one of only 27 senators who refused to sign a letter to President Bush urging him to support religious freedoms for the Greek minority in Constantinople.


Hermes said...

McCain really is a despicable person. Apparently, there is strong evidence of collaboration with the North Vietnamese.

Another pin up boy for the American oligarchs.

Hermes said...

Interesting but not surprising?

john akritas said...

The last paragraph in the piece explains American intentions in the region well enough and is the prism through which we have to look at their game against us.

'Οι κινήσεις των αμερικανικών υπηρεσιών στοχεύουν στην άσκηση πιέσεων προς την Ελλάδα και στη χειρότερη περίπτωση, στην αποσταθεροποίηση της περιοχής κατά τα πρότυπα Μαυροβουνίου και Κοσσυφοπεδίου για την εξυπηρέτηση των αμερικανικών γεωπολιτικών συμφερόντων: ένα μωσαικό φιλοαμερικανών αυτόνομων/ανεξάρτητων περιοχών που θα καλύπτουν όλο το εύρος της περιοχής Ανατολικής Μεσογείου, Μέσης Ανατολής και Κασπίας. Στόχος ο έλεγχος των ενεργειακών πηγών και των εμπορικών οδών (= έλεγχος διεθνούς οικονομίας) και η αντιμετώπιση ανερχόμενων αντιπάλων (βλ. Κίνα και Ρωσία).'

'American moves [in support of Skopje and the Muslims in Thrace] aim at the exercise of pressure against Greece, and, in the worse case scenario, destabilisation in the manner of Montenegro and Kosovo, in pursuit of American geopolitical interests, which are: the creation of a mosaic of pro-American autonomous/independent regions stretching throughout the Eastern Mediterranean, the Middle East and the Caspian, with the intent to control energy sources and commercial routes (i.e. the control of the international economy) and to counter upcoming rivals, such as China and Russia.'

Anonymous said...

There the two of you go again, being anti-American :-)

On a serious note, the article is interesting but not surprising. Is it any wonder many Greeks harbour resentment towards the American gov't?

Anonymous said...

The above was posted by Apostolos.

john akritas said...

I don't consider myself anti-American at all; just pro-Greek. Besides, I think as the article Hermes linked to points out, Greek and American national interests are on collision course in the Balkans. What are Greeks supposed to do? Back the US for fear of being branded anti-American? I will add, however, that one of the main reasons America has had such a negative influence on Greek affairs in the last fifty years has been because there have been Greeks – influential Greeks, running the country – who have been stupid, vain or cowardly enough to go along with their nefarious plans.

Hermes said...

You are wrong Apostolos. Like Akritas says I am not innately anti-American; however, I am pro-Greek and if American happens to collide with our interests then I am anti-American. If American did not collide with our interests I would state it is a reasonably pleasant country on par with Korea or Canada in regards to importance.