Monday, 18 July 2011

FM’s resignation piles pressure on Christofias

The political crisis in Cyprus following the Mari disaster deepens. Today, foreign minister Markos Kyprianou tendered his resignation for reasons, he said, not to do with guilt over the blast that cost 13 lives, but sensitivity (ευθιξίας). Kyprianou made a rather cryptic resignation statement that referred, without specifics, to scapegoating, political grandstanding and the misleading of public opinion.

Kyprianou, it should be noted, is not from AKEL but from DIKO and his resignation now throws into doubt the viability of DIKO continuing to support the Christofias government. It’s also worth remembering that, according to the Wikileaks documents on the Monchegorsk affair I posted on yesterday, Kyprianou was quoted as saying that, from the beginning, Christofias’ innate hostility to the West was behind the disastrous choices his government made in relation to the Iranian arms cache.

The Americans also referred to the ‘icy’ relationship between the communist small-town Moscow-‘educated’ Christofias and the more sophisticated Kyprianou, former EU commissioner, alma maters Athens, Cambridge and Harvard. It remains to be seen whether Kyprianou – son of Spyros Kyprianou, president of Cyprus from 1977 to 1988 – will stick the knife into Christofias and show up his dithering and blunders that cost the lives of 13 firefighters and naval personnel and make the president’s position untenable, as if the resignations in the last week of your army chief and foreign and defence ministers weren’t enough to throw into question the viability of you continuing as head of government, or whether Kyprianou’s complicity in government decisions discredits any revelations he might make.

Other issues emerging from the Mari disaster include: Christofias deciding to buy electricity from the occupation regime to cover Cyprus’ needs after the naval base explosion took out the free areas’ largest power plant at Vasiliko. Archbishop Chrysostomos said Christofias, by going cap in hand to the Turks, had compromised Cyprus’ dignity and we would have been better off using lanterns and candles. Correct.

And whether Christofias resigns or not – and I’d like to know the last time a communist leader resigned (when things go wrong for a communist leader they’re usually the result of conspiracy, fascism, imperialism or a combination of all three) – his legitimacy has been destroyed and he now has no authority to negotiate a solution to the Cyprus problem, if, indeed, what he’s been doing these last three years has been ‘negotiating a solution’ rather than falling deeper into the Turkish trap of holding these useless UN-led talks until the Turks run them into the ground, then claiming that a ‘solution’ and reunification is impossible and that all remains is for the international community to recognise the pseudo-state or, at least, end its economic and political ‘isolation’.


Anonymous said...

I cant believe we are now receiving electricity from the north. It's actually unbelievable. How low have we gone. Doesn't Christofias realise the bragging rights and legitimacy this now gives to the 'TRNC'. We are now actually just enriching the occupation regime. I agree with the the Archbishop. This guy needs to go.It's worrying where he's taking Cyprus.


John Akritas said...

It's as you say, Michael: Christofias has brought Cyprus as low as it's been since 1974. Not only has he humiliated us by going to the occupier and conqueror for aid, but he even said today that we should be grateful to this 'gesture of goodwill shown to us by the Turkish Cypriots'. The man is beyond the pale. He's taking us towards formal partition and dependency on Turkey.