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’.