Friday, 22 April 2011

Turkey’s real aim in Cyprus

Leading DIKO MP Giorgos Kolokasides has become one of the most vocal critics of President Christofias’ handling of the Cyprus problem, and yesterday I read this article in the Cyprus edition of Kathimerini – which I’ve translated into English below – in which he asserts that Turkey’s intention in invading Cyprus in 1974 was not partition but the establishment of a ‘constitutional monstrosity’ that would allow Ankara to control the island and gradually eradicate Cypriot Hellenism.

Kolokasides touches on an important point, which is that with Turkey’s absorption of northern Cyprus almost complete, any ‘state’ – constituent or otherwise – that emerges there in any future federation/confederation with the Republic of Cyprus will be entirely dependent on Turkey, i.e. Greek Cypriots won’t be entering into a partnership with Turkish Cypriots but with Turkey – and, of course, such a ‘partnership’ won’t be a partnership but a situation of intolerable vassalage, which will ultimately end the Greek presence on the island.

This is what Kolokasides had to say:

‘The object of the negotiations stopped a long time ago being a viable federation. The president of the Republic has become embroiled in an experiment that will produce some form of federation-confederation; and in such a way that will put in danger the physical and national survival of Cypriot Hellenism, and in such a way that negates the result of the 2004 referendum [on the Annan plan].

‘Turkey did not invade Cyprus to impose partition. Turkey’s ultimate aim is the creation of a constitutional monstrosity that would allow it to control the island and act as its guardian. In this way, there will cease to be a strong Greek state on Cyprus and Turkey will have a say over the whole island.

‘It was for this reason in his 2004 address that Tassos Papadopoulos invited Cypriot Hellenism to protect the Republic of Cyprus and that [in the subsequent referendum on the Annan plan] the Greeks of Cyprus chose to carry on with their struggle for a better solution rather than accept becoming enslaved to Turkey.

‘It requires virtue and daring to reject the temptation of a dressed up plan that pretends to solve the problem of occupation when in fact it would have led us into new, more dangerous adventures. Today, seven years after the referendum, the president of the Republic ignores the danger of Cyprus becoming a Turkish satellite state’.


lastgreek said...

I would to wish to everyone here a Happy Easter.

lastgreek said...

Lovely ... I messed it up :-)

I would like to wish everyone here a Happy Easter.


... σε όλους.

lastgreek said...

Is anyone here surprised by what Kolokasides had to say?

I mean ... What did the dummies expect would happen when they sat down to negotiate with murderers and rapists?

lastgreek said...

I find the Holy Friday Lamentations quite moving.

Ἡ ζωὴ ἐν τάφῳ, κατετέθης Χριστέ, καὶ Ἀγγέλων στρατιαὶ ἐξεπλήττοντο, συγκατάβασιν δοξάζουσαι τὴν σήν.

(Xylouris, Mitsias)

John Akritas said...

Καλό Πάσχα to you and yours, LG.

Anonymous said...

lastgreek said...
"Is anyone here surprised by what Kolokasides had to say?

I mean ... What did the dummies expect would happen when they sat down to negotiate with murderers and rapists?"

I agree with you LG. I don't understand why people expect anything positive to emerge from those who freely engage in wanton, criminal behavior. My motto is: actions speak louder than words. And, when one takes a long, hard, unbiased look into Turkey's "past" especially the Ottoman phase--there's nothing there to celebrate. In fact, it's been my experience to be quite the conversation stopper.

A while back, NPR did a segment on a Turkish soap opera, "The Magnificent Century" (I believe). They were gushing on and on how people in the Balkans couldn't wait to see it and how fantastic it was that a t.v. show could mend fences between people who once were bitter enemies. Well, I called in to the NPR station and the screener asked me my question. At first I was going to "omit" part of my real question--so that I could ask it while I was on-air. But, instead, I decided to be honest and relayed: "Can you please inform me your take on the magnificence of the forced conscription of the occupied Christians and others as jannissaries, dhimmi status and the jiziya tax to name three staples from that time? Is that a part of the story line or plot?" My call was unfortunately, "lost." I didn't do this to be difficult or whatnot. I've done this when the opportunity arises. The more people who are made aware of the real circumstances and crimes of the Seljuk Turks and their associates in "faith," the harder it is for modern Turkey not to face up to its real history. I use the term "modern" loosely.

Cyprus does not need the 'Annan plan' or anything else. All that's required of the Turkish forces and the citizens they've transferred onto the isle since their occupation is departure. This is the best way to initiate a resolution to the diplomatic impasse. Maybe I'm a bit naive but, I believe with the right PR campaign (as in getting out the truth about what happened in Cyprus), the tide could be turned. The interesting thing is once people are made aware of the situation about why Cyprus still has Turkish troops (illegally) there, all the nastiness of Turkey and its history can be exposed.

All it needs is just the right platform. People don't like bullies. And, people don't appreciate liars, and certainly not those who cover up mass murder (for which they've committed).
If people who have high profiles (like celebs or the like) just kept hammerin' away at a simple Twitter feeds such as, "What about Cyprus?" Or "Nicosia, the last divided EU capital..." Awareness would be raised here in the West and Far East. All this needs is an elevated campaign and the right resources to direct people to the truth.

I wish everyone a happy Easter.

Anonymous said...

Is this a revelation ?. It is surprising that it has taken so long for someone to " reveal" the turks's intentions. When the dog Karamanlis surrendered abjectedely to the dog Menderes in 1959, the Cypriot goose was cooked " a la turk". Greece surrendered Hellenism then, 1964 and 1974 were follow up chapters to the conquest. More to come. With a sell out, prodotes government of occupation under the circumscised Papandreu and his catamite whores, the future is pitched black. Happy Easter, there is nothing about to be happy, but nevertheless happy easter to everyone.

John Akritas said...

I think what Kolokasides is trying to say is that what Turkey wants in Cyprus is not half the island, but all of it, and that the Annan plan – which would have dismantled overnight (literally) the Greek state that has been developed on the island since 1960 – was the conduit by which Turkey would have done this and that what is preserving Hellenism on the island is the Republic of Cyprus and that if we negotiate it away then we will be negotiating away the Greek presence on the island.