Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Wikileaks: Chris Patten says Cyprus ‘foisted’ on EU

Dribs and drabs are coming from Wikileaks relating to Cyprus. There’s been some remarks by Chris Patten, formerly the EU’s External Relations Commissioner, made to a US official in Brussels, on 28 April 2004, shortly after Cyprus entered the EU having rejected the Annan plan. Patten was a senior Tory politician and government minister in the 1980s and 1990s and was, indeed, the last British governor of Hong Kong. He is currently the chancellor of Oxford University. His remarks regarding Cyprus and Tassos Papadopoulos are not surprising, but here they are:

Next Steps On Cyprus/Papadopolous’ Dubious Character...
3. (C) The next steps for the Commission are figuring out how to spend money in Northern Cyprus. Patten expects the EC to open an office to oversee their assistance. While there will be legal hurdles to managing the process, he was confident the Commission would find a way. Patten doubted the Greek Cypriots would openly oppose any efforts, noting that they were “on their heels” diplomatically after their blatant efforts to stifle opposing views on the referendum. This incident, Patten said, was a sad reflection on the realities of EU enlargement: Some of the new members were people you would “only want to dine with if you have a very long spoon”. Not that the EU should have been surprised by Papadopolous’ behavior, Patten said, since they knew well who they were dealing with: Milosevic's lawyer.XXXXXXXXXXXX...  
And on Turkey

4. (C) Patten noted that he was the biggest proponent in the Commission for Turkey’s admission. In his view, based on the technical merits alone, the Commission has no other option but to give a positive avis to begin accession negotiations. Still, he said the political climate in Europe is not receptive to Turkey’s candidacy. The problem, in his view, was not Chirac in France, since “he can change his policies on a whim”. Patten considered the opposition of conservative parties in Germany and Spain the most serious obstacles to Turkish admission.

On the Difference Between a Union and an Alliance
5. (C) Patten also said he felt at times the US does not fully appreciate the difference between expanding an alliance like NATO, and a Union like the EU. When a country joins an alliance, it becomes a distinct member of a group committed to a common cause – but nothing more. When countries join the EU, they become part of the whole, formally and practically indistinct in many areas of EU competence. “We have to be ready to trust their food and sanitation standards, for instance.” In this regard, he noted that some of the accession countries were foisted on the EU as part of a larger bargain. Cyprus, for instance, probably should not have been admitted (as Papadapolous’ behavior prior to the referendum indicated), but the Greeks insisted on Cypriot admission as the price of agreeing to some of the northern European candidates. Croatia, Patten said, is probably far more prepared for EU membership than either Bulgaria or Romania, who will likely enter the Union earlier. Romania, in particular, was a “feral nation.”


Anonymous said...

''...According to leaked documents, the American embassy in Ankara insists that Turkey planned to cause a convulsion at the Greek abuttals in order to invade the north side of Evros. The document came into publicity the last days. It says that the executive officers know that a coup d’état will be incited so they made scenarios which would justify their actions. This document is extremely important. After its publication, the U.S. confirmed an attack was about to be conducted against Greece in 2003. In addition they imply that the Turkish Army will continue to cause such convulsions in their relationship with Greece...''

Hermes said...

John, apologies for the off topic post but I thought you'd be interested in the following given your penchant for the cinema.

Anonymous said...


¶14. (SBU) "Sledgehammer," the latest alleged plot, was
allegedly drafted in 2003 by the Turkish First Army, under
its then-commander Gen. Cetin Dogan. The plan, which has
been denied by both the military and retired General Dogan,
involved false-flag bombing of mosques and efforts to provoke
a military crisis with Greece in order to create the
conditions for a military intervention. The plan, as
revealed by "Taraf" on January 20 -- a day before the
Constitutional Court's decision overturning the law allowing
civilian jurisdiction over certain offenses committed by the
military -- allegedly included lists of names of politicians
and journalists to be arrested, as well as names of
politicians who would serve in a new government after the
removal of the AKP.

John Akritas said...

Some good names and films in the article, H. America, America has a lot going for it. Cassavetes – who operated against Hollywood and its values – is one of the great artists of the 20th century in my book; while Jules Dassin is an interesting character – because, funnily enough, the films he made before he wound up in Greece are fantastic – Rififi, Night and the City – but the ones he made with Mercouri are dreadful – Never on a Sunday, Phaedra.

Isn't the proposed attack against Greece part of the Ergenekon thing? We already knew about this, right? It's true that a lot of the stuff from Wikileaks so far is just corroboration of established knowledge, though I have been impressed by how scathing the US embassy in Ankara was regarding neo-Ottoman ambitions. And, you're right, second anonymous, that the Turks are buttering up Thrace, but I don't agree that they're doing it 'silently' and 'deftly'. It's all so obvious and brazen, yet nothing is done. I read an article the other day – can't remember where – which said regarding Thrace that for neo-Ottomanism to flourish there has to be neo-rayahdism. Neo-rayahdism is a compelling term.

lastgreek said...

Excerpt from a CIA murder manual distrubuted to its assassins/agents in 1953 (made public in 1997):

The most efficient accident, in simple assassination, is a fall of 75 feet or more onto a hard surface. Elevator shafts, stair wells, unscreened windows and bridges will serve... The act may be executed by sudden, vigorous [excised] of the ankles, tipping the subject over the edge. If the assassin immediately sets up an outcry, playing the 'horrified witness', no alibi or surreptitious withdrawal is necessary.

If I were Assange, I'd stay away from unscreened windows . . . and pretty women. One of the women who has accused him of "rape," is believed to be a CIA operative.

lastgreek said...

John . . . given your penchant for the cinema.

"Chienne D'Historie," by Serge Avedikian – 2010 Winner of the Palme d'Or for Short Films. An allegory of the Turkish genocide of Armenians.


John Akritas said...

I like your Atom Egoyan, who made a film about the Armenian genocide, which I haven't seen. Also, I forgot to mention regarding Jules Dassin, that before he went to Greece he made a well-regarded film of Kazantzakis' Christ Recrucified. The film is called He Who Must Die. I've never seen it and it seems impossible to get hold of.

Anonymous said...

I did not know that Jules Dassin made " Christ Recrucified" . It was a great and well made movie, Melina Mercouri of course featured in it as the meretricious free soul, and the actor Aslan ( french armenian) played the role of the vilayet turkish pasha. It was a sad movie about the tribulations of Greeks under the turkish yoke . I wish I could get hold of the movie again. It was in B/W, and it was made in 1956-57, the golden era of Greek cinema ; when Greek cinema was in its post war ascendancy.

John Akritas said...

Yes, it was Dassin who made it, and although I've never seen it – it appears virtually impossible to get hold of – as far as I'm aware it was made in French and ranks as a French film, not a Greek one, though I might be wrong here. Melina was in it? I think she's a dreadful actress. And I believe Dassin meeting her – presumably it was while making the film he met her – was terrible for his artistic career since he never made a decent film subsequently.

Anonymous said...

Yes, the movie was in french language,with subtitles, but the script depicting the lives and tribulations of the Greek refigees and their interaction was in the Greek language. Melina played the role of her usual themes, the harlot of the camp. I will try amazon and see if they have a copy. It was a sad movie, with historical context and it showed the debauchery and bestiality of ottoman turks.