Sunday, 8 August 2010

Turkey’s colonisation of Cyprus continues

As we all know, part of the Turkish plan for the partition of Cyprus – which the Turks came up with in 1956 and have been following consistently ever since – involved not only expelling the Greek population from northern Cyprus, but replacing it with a massive influx of Turks from Turkey, i.e. a process of colonisation. The intention was to create a sufficiently large Turkish population to make northern Cyprus economically viable; to create a population unwaveringly loyal to Turkey and to the policy of partition, which the newcomers had a vested interest in supporting; and to overwhelm any residual Turkish Cypriot feeling that leaned towards a united Cyprus, and which might pose a threat to Turkey’s plan for a permanent presence on the island.

Anyway, after 1974, the process of bringing Turks to occupied Cyprus was begun almost immediately and has continued ever since – boosted even by Bulgarian Turks in the 1980s, brought to the island by the occupation regime following ethnic unrest in Bulgaria. Today, there are some 200,000 Turkish settlers in occupied Cyprus – which amounts to twice the population of Turkish Cypriots – all of whom are entitled to ‘citizenship’ of the pseudo-state and participation in ‘elections’ and so on. Indeed, there appears to be no let up in the policy of colonisation of occupied Cyprus, with reports suggesting that Turkey’s plan is to eventually create a population of 2m Turks in northern Cyprus. On the right are photos published in yesterday’s edition of the Turkish Cypriot daily Yeni Duzen of recently arrived Turkish settlers in occupied Cyprus.


M.Pandeli said...

Should I be alarmed or accept that Cyprus will never be united and UN resolutions are not worth the paper they are printed on?

John Akritas said...

M. The game is nearly up in Cyprus and the Turks are set to win hands down. Trade between the pseudo-state and the EU is a real possibility very soon – which will allow Turkey to meet its Ankara Protocol commitments and unblock its EU accession; Turkish capital is flowing in, as are settlers. The European Courts, whose rulings we've relied on for years to support our case, are now issuing rulings on the property issue that entirely favour the Turks and let them off the hook. Why would the Turks negotiate a 'solution' in these circumstances? The only type of 'solution' they are prepared to consider is a confederation of two independent states, and the only concession they're prepared to grant to entice the Greek Cypriots to accept this, is the return of Famagusta.

Hermes said...

John, if the game is up as you say, for whatever reason, and we are given back Famagusta, then why should we accept a confederation of two independent states. Would it be better to go for partition?

If they returned Famagusta what would be the percentage allocation of land across the whole island?

John Akritas said...

Yes, you're right, H. A confederation of two independent states is in fact a worse scenario than outright partition because the former not only allows independence for a Turkish north but partnership for that Turkish north with the Greek south, which means they will have a say in how the whole island is run and will, over time, come to dominate Cyprus altogether.

Theoretically, partition would at least allow 70% of the island (with Famagusta) to be controlled by us without any interference from the north of the island. However, partition – or recognition of the 'TRNC' – runs the same risk of Turkey using its economic muscle to dominate the whole of Cyprus or, at least, to strangle southern Cyprus. How long could Hellenism on Cyprus survive with Turkey breathing down its neck all the time? The ostensible Greek part of Cyprus would soon become dependent on and dominated by Turkey.

So, I don't fancy either partition or confederation. The status quo is better – at least we retain an independent Greek republic (which is what the Republic of Cyprus is) and keep up our campaign to deny legitimacy to the state of affairs in the north and thwart whenever we can Turkey's EU aspirations. Turkey would still be cast in the role of occupier with all this entails for it. Even if direct trade is approved and the 'TRNC' is elevated to Taiwan status, we can still do damage to Turkey in the EU. In fact, I suspect if direct trade is approved and even if the Turks comply with the Ankara protocol, then we'll find other ways to block Turkey's accession – although this won't make us popular and is fraught with dangers.

ο ύποπτος said...

It is my opinion that our "friends" in the west, including the EU or at least a great part of it with the rest watching indifferently, are engaged in a plan to eliminate all obstacles we can come up with in Turkey's road to the EU. Thet are willing to go as far as rewriting the rules of the game. So all of a sudden they "see" no problem with direct trade. They also "see" no problem with institutions the occupier has set up such as the so called committee of reparations. Even the esteemed European Court of Human Rights "sees" no problem of sending the refugees to the occupier for "justice". Call me a conspiracy fan but to me it looks as a well coordinated Conspiracy emanating from the her majesty's services and supported by the their Atlantic partner, the protector of justice and freedom.

I see no other option than Cyprus hardening its stance towards this conspiracy. How? By letting them know that direct-trade means substantial recognition of the pseudo state which will lead to:
1. A veto to Turkey's aspirations. A very simple and direct veto, no complications or if's and but's.
2. Closure of all passages from the north to the south effectively (and not theoritically) isolating the north.

Will this lead to partition? Possibly. Personally I have my doubts. Turkey wants to control the whole island not part of it. Every move they make, every suggestion they place on the table has this goal.

John Akritas said...

Conspiracy or not, it is a fact that the EU, whether it's regarding direct trade, the ECHR and even the FIR over Cyprus, is taking an unnaturally and aggressively pro-Turkish stance. It's not a done deal that direct trade will go through – a lot will depend on Downer's report in November, though no doubt he will argue for lifting 'the isolation' of the Turkish Cypriots – but the Turkophiles in the European Parliament – the socialists, liberals and Greens – seem determined to push for direct trade, as do the British (and the American sycophants in eastern Europe), who will try and get it through the Council of Ministers. I also find it interesting how Turkey is using Turkish-origin MEPs to promote its Cyprus policies in European institutions. And you're right, if direct trade does go through, which amounts to the EU recognising the pseudo-state and Turkey's occupation of our country, what other choice will we have but to tell the Europeans we understand their game now, give up playing the καλό παιδί, and veto, veto, veto.