September 18, 2011
I quote from EurActiv UK:
A written statement issued by EU Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy Commissioner Stefan Füle’s office last week read that “the Commission regrets any statements that are not conducive to the objective of peaceful settlement of border disputes” and recalled that “the Council of Ministers has repeatedly underlined the importance of progress in the normalisation of relations between Turkey and all EU member states, including the Republic of Cyprus”.
The Commission said that “it will continue to monitor Turkey’s commitments to good neighbourly relations in the light of the principle of peaceful settlement of disputes”.
That is scandalous. Who is fooling whom? The Turkish side has always supported the reunification of Cyprus.
As for the Greek side, let’s remind that it rejected the Annan peace plan in 2004 (and betrayed Günter Verheugen – the EU commissioner for enlargement). And then, as it was going to be an EU member anyway, it decided not to find a solution with the Turkish side.
On the contrary, the Greek side decided to isolate more the Turkish Cypriots by preventing the EU (for 7 years) from lifting the embargoes against the Turkish Cypriots. Though the EU promised that lifting in April 2004.
The Greek Cypriots have sabotaged the negotiations about the reunification of Cyprus with the support of Sarkozy and Merkel. Several EU observers of the Cypriot dossier, several French socialists of the EU parliament, Jack Straw as well as Marco Perduca confirmed that.
Let’s remember that Merkel formerly said that it was a mistake to have made the Greek Cypriots EU members.
But then why does she support them?
By sabotaging the reunification of Cyprus, Sarkozy, Merkel and their Greek puppets are sabotaging at the same time the EU-Turkey negotiations. Greece and the Greek Cypriots are well and truly iron curtains between the EU and Turkey (please see below two comments of a commentator whose pseudonym is “e_r_c” that deal with that).
That is the objective of the EU of Sarkozy and Merkel.
To conclude, the EU commission doesn’t need to monitor Turkey’s commitments, which are concrete and strongly support the reunifcation of Cyprus. The best example ever is the results of the referendums of 2004 about the Annan plan (which was an EU/UN plan). The EU commission ought to start at last monitoring the commitments of the Greek Cypriots. The EU commission and the EU parliament ought to force or at least motivate the Greek Cypriots so that they show some willingness to find a solution with the Turkish side. But as the EU of Sarkozy and Merkel (that makes a continuous and heavy anti-Turkey propaganda at the EU parliament with their Greek beggars) asked the Greek side not to find a solution with the Turkish side in order to isolate Turkey and the Turkish Cypriots, it will be difficult for the weak and dependent EU commission to unblock that unhealthy and disgraceful situation. By the way, what is the opinion of the EU commission about the direct trade between the EU and the Turkish Cypriots that the EU promised the Turkish Cypriots in 2004?
PS. It is very revealing that the Greek Cypriots decided to search for oil and gas now given that the Turkish and Greek sides are negotiating about a solution at Cyprus. Such a decision can only increase the tensions and may destroy the current negotiations. A little more salt? Yes, the timing is very revealing. That is a new shadowy strategy that aims at sabotaging the negotiations for good, since the Turkish side expressed its hope to find a solution before december 2011 and to hold referendums at the beginning of 2012. In fact, the Turkish side said a few times that the negotiations can’t continue indefinitely. Here is an article (that dates back to last July) about the concrete commitment of the Turkish side:
If a peace agreement is reached on Cyprus by year’s-end, then a referendum could be held on the deal in early 2012, said Deputy Prime Minister Beşir Atalay yesterday. “The Cyprus issue is a huge and problematic one, an important issue for us,” Atalay said in the province of Kirikkale, when asked about his visit there last week to mark the 37th anniversary of the Cyprus Peace Operation. “Contacts are still going on under UN auspices. There are planned meetings. Our expectations are towards reaching a solution by the end of this year, and at the end of these meetings clearly having a solution which satisfies both sides. Then there should be a referendum in January (2012) on both sides.” The last referendum on a Cyprus peace deal, in 2004, passed in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) but was rejected in Greek Cyprus, resulting in the latter joining the European Union illicitly representing the entire island.
Isn’t it crystal clear who advocates the reunification of Cyprus and who sabotages it?
PPS. If the EU of Sarkozy and Merkel wanted it, the Greek side would concretely support a solution with the Turkish side. A question: why don’t the EU parliament or the EU commission monitor the commitments of the Greek side?
PPPS. I wish I introduced two comments of a person whose pseudonym is “e_r_c” (his/her comments were posted here):
arxigos, anonymous and alex_germany, 1.) Turkey used its legal guarantor right sending troops onto island, and it is its legal right to keep troops until a peaceful solution is found and internationally accepted. This is quite normal, huh, because we don’t want to see again Greek militia slaughtering our brothers and friends on the island. Even today, most of Greek Cypriots do not want to live with the Turkish Cypriots. 2.) EU made a legal error accepting Greek Cyprus, while international agreements prohibit Cyprus from becoming member of an international organization which Turkey and Greece are not members of. The enlargement commissioner of the time publicly accepted that he was fooled by the Greek Cypriot side. Then again we can all guess that the Russian missiles allowed by the Greek side at the time were not meant only for Turks but also for EU countries. 3.) Greek Cyprus government also fooled the UN officials, going along with details of Annan plan, and denouncing it by a cry-baby politician before public vote. 4.) How could EU accept Greek Cyprus which has conflicts with its neighbors, which are documented in UN and EU documents? Obviously, this was another principle to bend for political reasons. Do you guys think that all of the world is really as naive as you wish them to be, and that they will believe that all decisions made within EU&UN against Turkish stand are just and without any political agenda behind? Do you really expect all the world to believe that Turkish arguments are produce of our allegedly thick minds but facts are crystal clear and they are as you describe them to the rest of the world? Do you guys think that when you yell your arguments louder, they will replace the facts? Best regards.
The observation of the Italian politician in 2nd footnote of Cem’s 2nd message is actually a reflection of why Greece and Cyprus exist today and why they are what they are. Today’s Greece is a product of victors against Ottoman empire who appended the Hellen land with the southern Macedonia whose Greekness has been internationally disputed, and with Thessalonika where Greeks were only third largest in population after Jews and Slavs. On top of this, Aegean islands and Cyprus were not handed back to Ottomans as opposed to the agreement Britain had with the Ottoman empire. The ultimate aim of this setup was to have a military footstand for European powers in eastern Meditteranean while preventing Slavs who conventionally allied with Russians from accessing into Aegean. The role tailored for Greece and Cyprus in today’s conjuncture is the front line against other potential challengers in eastern meditteranean one of which is Turkey who has the economical, political and military power to assert its own will in eastern Meditteranean.
e_r_c confirms what a political adviser of a member of the EU parliament told ABHaber last July (article in Turkish):
I’ve been working at the EU parliament for 6 years. When Turkey is dealt with some people press the button and everybody bestir themselves and ensure that the Turkey dossier is concluded negatively. Difficult to understand. There is an unnamed anti-Turkey mechanism at the EU parliament. Completely organized.
Very revealing, isn’t it? But no surprise for me. That is a historic declaration that proves that the anti-Turkey propaganda within the EU is not a myth.
PPPPS. Turkey aims at protecting the rights of the Turkish Cypriots. Why searching for oil and gas whereas the Cypriot issue is not resolved? Turkey is not hostile. The Greek Cypriots create hostility.
Turkey is certainly not a hostile country.
Let’s recall that it is Turkey that sent several ships in order to evacuate the thousands of foreigners who were in Libya many months ago at the beginning of the violence. When they were in Turkey, several of them said that Turkey should be an example to the world.
Let’s recall that it is Turkey that objected to the military interventions in Libya. But as a Nato member, Turkey then decided to provide some assistance however underlined that it would never take part to any military attack.
Let’s recall that Turkey welcomed nearly ten thousand Syrian refugees and still shelter them from the crazy Syrian administration.
It is the Greek Cypriots who are hostile (let’s remind that they neither cursed nor condemned two racist and violent attacks against some Turkish Cypriots and some Turkish basketball players who were in Southern Cyprus). Greece and the Greek Cypriots, their lobbies and their so-called friends Sarkozy and Merkel are hostile to the reunification of Cyprus. They are used to creating every kind of provocation in order to sabotage the ongoing negotiations but also to make believe that it is Turkey and the Turkish Cypriots that don’t strive for the peace at Cyprus. Another reminder: the Greek Cypriot journalist Makarios Drusiotis stated that it is the Greek side that doesn’t want of a solution at Cyprus.
PPPPPS. According to TRT English, Mr Atalay said last Saturday: Greek Cypriot sector’s oil and natural gas exploration initiatives in the Eastern Mediterranean are a political maneuver and not for economic purpose.
I’d like to suggest another article (published by Anadolu Ajansı on September 14th 2011) that introduces Beşir Atalay’s previous declaration regarding the Cypriot issue.
A strong Turkey will always be by the side of the Turkish Cypriots, said Atalay.
Turkey’s deputy prime minister said on Wednesday that the unilateral initiatives of the Greek Cypriot administration to determine naval authority zones and oil explorations in the East Mediterranean posed a serious risk.
Beşir Atalay said if the Greek Cypriots were sincere about a solution, they should not create new problems. “Turkey is determined to take every measure to take Turkish Cypriot people’s peace and prosperity under guarantee, and will continue to stand by Turkish Cypriots under every circumstances, will never leave them alone”, Atalay told reporters.
Atalay said the Greek Cypriots should give up their initiatives that posed a risk for a settlement, and if Turkish Cypriots and Greek Cypriots reached an agreement by the end of this year, they could establish a new partnership state. “And this state can undertake rotating presidency of the European Union (EU) in the second half of 2012, and a new and constructive atmosphere, particularly in Turkish-EU relations, can be created”, he said.
Atalay said Turkey was supporting the process that aimed to reach a settlement in ongoing Cyprus negotiations till the end of December 2011 and to hold two referenda in January.
However, the Greek Cypriot administration should also be good willed for a settlement, he said.
Atalay said if a common future was foreseen between Turkish Cypriots and Greek Cypriots, it could not be possible by unjustly isolating the Turkish Cypriots, and Turkey would continue to exert efforts in order to end the unjust restrictions on TRNC. Atalay defined Cyprus as Turkey’s national cause, and said Turkey considered Turkish Cypriots an indispensable part of Turkish nation. Therefore, Turkey was behaving in line with its historic responsibilities, Atalay also said.
PPPPPPS. The “PS. PPS. …. ” at the end of my articles are inspired by a letter that Gandalf wrote for Frodo (‘The Lord of the Rings’ / The fellowship of the Ring – Chapter X – “Strider”). In fact, Gandalf uses these “PS.” at the end of his letter.
I read ‘The Lord of the Rings’ – a precious and exceptional present that I was given – when I was 13-16 years old. At the beginning I wasn’t interested in reading it. But one day (actually a few years later!) I suddenly became very captivated. ‘The Lord of the Rings’ is the greatest book that I have ever read. In other words, it is the book of my life. I was excited but also very moved by that fascinating adventure. Then I read ‘The Hobbit’. My eyes were also twinkling all the time while I was reading Bilbo’s epic and dangerous adventures. I will read these two magnificent masterpieces in Turkish too (which were translated in Turkish in 1998).cem