Sunday, 19 June 2011

Cyprus is Greek… but for how much longer?

On  RIK TV News last night there was a report on the visit to Cyprus by Greece’s new foreign minister, Stavros Lambrinides, one day after being appointed in place of Dimitris Droutsas. The  screenshot (l) is from the meeting that took place at Cyprus president Dimitris Christofias' private residence at Kellaki, outside Limassol. Lambrinides (l) and Christofias (r) are in the middle of the shot and above them – and this is what caught my attention – is a portrait of Lenin, the Russian revolutionary leader, mass murderer and founder of the barbaric Soviet Union, but who is clearly, to the communist hack Christofias, a hero and icon of paramount importance.

Christofias is a clown, a village boy, whose communism amounts to knowing the slogans of the Third International, nostalgia for the Soviet Union and an undying belief in the virtues of the public sector. In Cyprus, communists have also developed a theory that blames Greek ‘nationalism’ for the island’s catastrophe, asserting that Cypriots – Greek and Turkish – are a distinct ethnicity. It’s a theory that has minimal support among the public, but this has not stopped Christofias and his communist party AKEL from pushing a concocted and phoney Cypriot national identity that seeks to strip Cypriots of their Greekness.

Below are extracts from an article I read on this site, originally written by the Hellenic Centre for European & International Analyses, on the explicit intention of Christofias and AKEL to dehellenise Cyprus:

Dehellenisation campaign in Cyprus

When he came to power [in February 2008] Christofias, responding to RIK TV’s Kostas Yennaris’ question on his dream for Cyprus, said: ‘Not, of course, in the way some others dream of Cyprus – as Greek… My dream is that Cyprus becomes a multicultural island. And I say this openly so that those who object to this can begin to digest it.’

A few months later, speaking at a Cypriot diaspora conference in Paphos, Christofias said: ‘We have to forget the heroes, the mothers and the nannies (τις μάνες και τις παραμάνες) if we want to solve the Cyprus problem.’

By mothers and nannies Christofias meant Greece.

In another speech, at the Brooking Institute in New York, in September 2010, Christofias expressed the view that both the so-called ‘mother countries’ invaded Cyprus in 1974; while speaking to Cyprus businessmen in Nicosia in November 2010, visiting Syrian president Bashar al-Assad revealed that President Christofias had reminded him that Cyprus is closer to Syria than it is to Greece.

Also, according to a report in the Cypriot daily Simerini (7 November 2010), the island’s interior minister announced a series of measures aimed at the integration of immigrants into Cyprus that included the teaching of… the Cypriot language.

What is, I ask myself, this Cypriot language?

In the Cypriot press, this dehellenisation trend has not gone unnoticed.

Andreas Vasiliou, writing in Simerini, said that ‘the Cyprus government is consciously working to transform the free areas of Cyprus into a patchwork (μιξοβάρβαρο) state without national, historical or cultural identity in the name, apparently, of multiculturalism  and the transformation of Cypriot Hellenism (a term which the communist party AKEL never uses) into a people without a national identity and conscience.’

Vasiliou goes on: ‘It’s as clear as day that those who took over the government of Cyprus in 2008 are trying to achieve that which was never achieved by those Frank, Latin, Turk and English conquerors and dynasties which ruled our country down the ages –  the dehellenisation of Cyprus.

'With unprecedented deceit they are working methodically in different ways to detach Cyprus from Greece and dismantle Cypriot Hellenism because, apparently, all our ills stem from “nationalism” and “chauvinism”…

‘But there are only two types of chauvinism in Cyprus: Turkish expansionist chauvinism and the anti-Greek chauvinism of the neo-Cypriots, who are systematically working to destroy all that has given us moral and spiritual strength in our resistance to foreign occupiers.’

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

I can't imagine the Cypriots buying in to all of that. My experience of Cypriots is that not only are they ardent Hellenes, they also have a slight superiority complex with it as well. I can't say how much that attitude has changed though since Cyprus joined the EU.

Michael

John Akritas said...

You're right, Michael, (I hope) that Cypriots won't go for this neo-Cypriot nonsense; but the fact of the matter is that Christofias is president and AKEL is part of the government, so these bozos are in positions of influence. Don't know if Cypriots feel superior to other Greeks in their Greekness. I've always got the opposite impression: that Cypriots, because of accent, language and so on, have a bit of a chip on their shoulder, a need to prove their Greekness; but maybe now, with the way things are in Greece, Cypriots no longer feel as if they have anything to prove.

Nikita from Messinia said...

As a commie I guess you'd expect Christofias to expound a Cypriot identity (ie. "we're all the same"). Unfortunately in my view the Cypriot issue is irreconcilable, its been a downhill slide ever since the fall of Cyprus in 1571 which resulted in the Ottoman policy of deliberately establishing a mixed population by bringing in Turkish settlers (some by force), with a not insignificant percentage of settlers being unemployed, brigands and criminals.
To understand my point, you only need to have a look at a country like Belgium where the Walloons and Flemings hate each other...and they're both white, christian Europeans. I once read of a study where the phone records of walloons and flemings were analysed, and it revealed that these two ethnic groups had virtually NOTHING to do with each other....so what chance has a "united" Cyprus got?

John Akritas said...

I agree, Nikita. It's a big delusion to suppose that if – and that is one massive if – there is this bicommunal bizonal nonsense, then all political differences and resentments between Greeks and Turks in Cyprus will disappear, Turkey will lose interest in the island, and so on and so on. It's very far-fetched, and deceitful. My view is that either Cyprus will be Greek or Turkish, but it cannot be both.

Nikita from Messinia said...

"My view is that either Cyprus will be Greek or Turkish, but it cannot be both"

Unfortunately I've come to the regretable conclusion that the Turks will (one day into the future) get their way with a "North Cyprus" being recognised by the international community.....think Kosovo?

John Akritas said...

Nikita: I don't think Kosovo-like recognition is on the horizon for the occupation regime. The Turks would be happy to achieve a Taiwan-like status. But, it's worth remembering that just like Kosovo 'independence' is a farce because the ultimate aim for the Albanians is that it be incorporated into Albania proper, so 'independence' for the 'TRNC' would be nominal. It would just be another part of Turkey, which is what it is more or less now. There's also a compelling argument – that I've referred to here (http://hellenicantidote.blogspot.com/2011/04/turkeys-real-aims-in-cyprus.html) – that says that Turkey's aim isn't the control of half of Cyprus but the control of the whole island.