Monday, 18 July 2011
FM’s resignation piles pressure on Christofias
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’.