Tuesday, 19 July 2011
Erdogan: Turkey’s aim is to destroy the Republic of Cyprus
On arriving in Cyprus, where he was greeted by hundreds of Turks waving Turkish, pseudo-state and Palestinian flags, Erdogan said there was no such country as Cyprus – there was only the ‘Greek administration of the south’ and ‘the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus’ – and that Turkey would freeze its relations with the EU in the six months next year during which Cyprus will hold the EU presidency. It would be a ‘disgrace’, Erdogan insisted, for Turkey to sit down, talk and carry out negotiations with a country whose existence it did not recognise. Erdogan went on that the only ‘solution’ Turkey was prepared to consider for Cyprus was a loose confederation of two separate states, i.e. the old ‘independence in the north-partnership with the south’ scenario.
The Turks have been careful not to be blamed for any collapse of the UN talks that have been taking place these last two years, paying lip service to their stated aim of reuniting Cyprus as a bizonal, bicommunal federation; so, it’s a little strange that Erdogan should so brazenly declare Turkey’s long-standing ‘two-state’ Cyprus policy and so openly show contempt for the UN process. Of course, the international community, including the UN, will pretend it never heard Erdogan’s utterances, even Christofias said he wanted to believe it was just another example of Erdogan’s tendency to speak off the cuff; but the truth is that this wasn’t just another Erdogan outburst, but the Turk PM stating Turkey’s real Cyprus policy, which is to destroy the Greek state entity on the island – the Republic of Cyprus – and in so doing rendering Cypriot Hellenism defenceless and allowing for the full Turkification of Cyprus.