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Cyprus: a little more salt?

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?

Yours sincerely,

Cem

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:

Atalay: “If a peace deal is reached by year’s-end, Cyprus could hold a referendum next january”

I quote:

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.

I quote:

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).

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  1. In response to the above.
    Firstly let me clarify that I am not politically or religiously motivated. I have not voted in the election of my local government officers in England for some twenty years as they do not truly represent my interests but the political party to which they are affiliated. I was christened Church of England as a chIld but only attend church for weddings and funerals. And Whilst I do not believe that there is a God, I respect that others may feel different and in many ways I wish that there were a God so that he/she/it could help us through these troubled times.
    My recent interest in the Cyprus issue was prompted by the news of the offshore drilling works and how the evolving situation is being reported in the press. This caused me to look at the recent history of events, which has only been an overview of the past 50 years and been saddened, yet not surprised, by how things have become such a complicated mess. It seems to me that when you have centuries of history which tends to shape public opinion and mix political will and different religious beliefs then there can never be a easy answer.
    Was Turkey the aggressor in 1974? The answer to that would appear to be yes and yet what prompted the military action appears to have been some stupidness on the part of the Greeks. Did it warrant an invasion, I do not know enough to pass judgement.
    So we have an awkward standoff that has existed 37 years and which has little chance of being resolved mainly because the solution rests with politicians and therein lies the true problem. Is there a need to resolve the situation? Well the answer would appear to be yes for everyone concerned. Cyprus is still in a state of uncomfortable ceasefire that is expensive to maintain and which prevents so many other issues to be resolved. If all else could be resolved, can the Turkish and Greek Cypriots live peacefully together? Well the answer to this has to be yes otherwise there is no point in moving forward.
    To cut to the chase I can only suggest what I would do if I were able to, and it would be;
    1. Withdraw the Turkish military forces back to the mainland. This would remove the financial burden of maintaining them on Turkey. This single act would dramatically change the dynamics of the situation and demonstrate peaceful intent. Would this action expose the Turkish Cypriot population to any form of unwarranted control, I do not think so, if not only because the EU would not permit a member nation to act anything other than properly to it’s public and believe me Human Rights are top of the political agenda.
    2. I would dismantle the Green Line and allow the UN to remove it’s troops and thereby move the whole matter to a political issue rather than one influenced by military might.
    3. I would organise a truly proportional government that represents the interests of the entire population of Cyprus as one country.
    4. I would ensure that Turkey, if it wants to, to become a full member of the EU.
    5. I would encourage the exploration of offshore drilling within the internationally recognised waters for the access to gas and oil reserves and for the revenues of this action to help build a better Cyprus for all concerned. I would also use the income generated to settle all financial disputes over land that has come about by the events of 1974. The use of these funds removes Greece and Turkey from this whole matter and returns it to a local issue which is where it should be handled and for this process to be governed by EU Law to ensure fairness for everyone.
    With Greece, Turkey and Cyprus all being members of the EU, trade would flourish and this has to be in everyones best interest. Political stability would improve the region and we can all move on to another problem.
    What is the downside? Actually very little and I see it as a win win result for all concerned. Will it every happen, I don’t know. Can it happen, yes it can, it just takes a first bold step to break the deadlock. And as an objective viewer I think it should Turkey that takes that step and show true strength and belief in a better world.

  2. Good afternoon Alister,

    To begin with, I am of Muslim religion but I don’t go to the mosquee and I don’t make the Ramadan (I made it several times when I was a teenager).

    I respect the people who don’t believe in God. Nevertheless I do think that it is pretentious not to believe in God. I am not pretentious.

    I am not judging you or trying to make you uncomfortable, not at all, I only introduce my point of view. It’s a friendly message!

    I quote you:

    Was Turkey the aggressor in 1974? The answer to that would appear to be yes and yet what prompted the military action appears to have been some stupidness on the part of the Greeks. Did it warrant an invasion, I do not know enough to pass judgement.

    It is the Greek Cypriots (and the Greek military with their coup attempt) who were the aggressors. The Turkish Cypriots were being killed and Turkey intervened in order to stop the massacres. Swedish minister for foreign affairs Carld Bildt answered to some Greek politicians last year at the EU parliament that Turkey intervened in Cyprus because the Turkish Cypriots were being killed. That was not an invasion but a legal military intervention since Turkey is a guarantor power of Cyprus.

    So we have an awkward standoff that has existed 37 years and which has little chance of being resolved mainly because the solution rests with politicians and therein lies the true problem.

    Turkey (for instance its prime minister, minister for foreign affairs, ….) and the Turkish Cypriots have often expressed their wish and hope for a solution at Cyprus. And above in my article we can note it.

    But as far as I’m concerned I have never read any news that dealt with the support or wish of the Greek Cypriots for the reunification of Cyprus. Never. In fact, have they ever stated that they want to reach a solution with the Turkish side? Or have they ever stated anything positive? On the contrary, Yorgo Papandreou made a very aggressive statement about the Cypriot issue at Erzurum earlier this year whereas he was invited by Turkish prime minister Erdogan for the opening of the 25th World Olympic University Winter Games.

    Is there a need to resolve the situation? Well the answer would appear to be yes for everyone concerned.

    No, there is not a need for the Greek Cypriots. Since they became (illegally) EU members in 2004 they do not care of a solution.

    If there was a need for the Greek Cypriots to resolve the situation, they would not have sabotaged the lifting of the embargoes against the Turkish Cypriots, that lifting that was promised by the EU in 2004. I wish I suggested two comments of two commentators of the Hürriyet Daily News about the vote of the EU against the lifting of the embargoes:

    Murat wrote:

    Wow, this is pretty harsh. Maybe should not be surprising, but still a most tangible sign that TRNC and Turks will never get a fair shake, no matter what. As many have claimed, final solution was reached at 74 and that is where it will stay. I am most interested to know though what the motivation for the members voting to perpetuate the isolation of TRNC was, what drove all the non-Greeks to vote in this manner and sink one chance to correct a colossal mistake EU was responsible for to begin with. More bizzare is the notion that Greeks seem to have that if cornered, threatened, deprived and bullied, eventually TCs will give up their rights and freedoms and buckle and wonderful things will happen as a result. This is the kind of stuff that gives birth to future wars, one would think Europeans above all would know better.

    And Eric wrote:

    I have said it before and I’ll say it again….The embargo and isolation of Turkish part of Cyprus, is the ONLY cause for an impasse to the Cyprus problem. There is no incentive on the part of the Greek side of the island, to try and reach a settlement. On the contrary, for as long as the embargo is in effect, the Greeks will stretch out the negotiations, on the “hope” that the Turkish Cypriots will capitulate, to their demands. They want the whole island be “hellenic-Greek”. This is pure extreme nationalism…. If the EU , and UN do not see that the Embargo is the primary culprit, in the continuing stalemate, then they will continue to be the parties directly responsible for avoidance of the Greek side to negotiate in good faith….why should they? For as long as the embargo is in place, it give them a one-sided advantage to prolong the problem, until the Turkish side “loses” and the Greek side “wins”..This impasse is going to cause a much bigger problem between Turkey and Greece!

    Another comment about the EU-Turkey relations:

    Sevil Akgün wrote:

    By holding Turkey-EU relations hostage to Greek Cypriots the EU is the one who is acting with hostility and outdated rhetoric. It is time for the EU and Greek Cypriots to stop holding EU-Turkey relations hostage if they are sincere which they are not.

    I quote you:

    If all else could be resolved, can the Turkish and Greek Cypriots live peacefully together? Well the answer to this has to be yes otherwise there is no point in moving forward.

    Yes, they can. But do the Greek Cypriots want to live together with the Turkish Cypriots? Let’s recall the results of the referendum of 2004 in Southern Cyprus. The powerful Greek Church objects to live with the Turkish Cypriots.

    A person whose pseudonym is Chris Green Worcester/Kyrenia posted this comment on the Hürriyet Daily News:

    In the final analysis, the Greeks will take their orders from the Greek Orthodox church whose starting point was 100% since 1879. Tough one.

    And Yavuz Baydar wrote through Zaman newspaper:

    But the dark horse remains Greek Cyprus. In this sense: Christofias is weak, the Church is fiercely opposed to a solution, and society is to a large extent against unity. The public communications are lacking or, at the best, conducted in an old, venomous rhetoric.

    Alister, I quote you:

    To cut to the chase I can only suggest what I would do if I were able to, and it would be;

    1. Withdraw the Turkish military forces back to the mainland. This would remove the financial burden of maintaining them on Turkey. This single act would dramatically change the dynamics of the situation and demonstrate peaceful intent.

    The Annan plan foresaw the departure of the 35 000 Turkish troops, but that plan was rejected by the Greek Cypriots in 2004. The Turkish side showed peaceful intent by providing electricity to the Greek Cypriots. The Turkish side also said several months ago that it can provide the Greek Cypriots with water that will be transfered from Turkey to Northern Cyprus. Turkey acts with peace but the Greek Cypriots act with hostility.

    Would this action expose the Turkish Cypriot population to any form of unwarranted control, I do not think so, if not only because the EU would not permit a member nation to act anything other than properly to it’s public and believe me Human Rights are top of the political agenda.

    The Greek Cypriot state is deeply racist. It can not be trusted. For instance many Greek Cypriot nationalists attacked and injured many Turkish Cypriots as well as some Turkish basketball players who were in Southern Cyprus, but the Greek Cypriot government didn’t do anything to prevent these events, and it even didn’t condemn the extremists. As for the EU, it wasn’t indignant about these two racist events.

    The Greek Cypriots see the Turkish Cypriots as second class Cypriot citizens. The last report of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) confirms that. The report is available here. I also invite you to read my former articles (about Turkey, the EU and Cyprus) that are mentioned at the end of this response.

    2. I would dismantle the Green Line and allow the UN to remove it’s troops and thereby move the whole matter to a political issue rather than one influenced by military might.

    I don’t know if it is possible but I think it is dangerous.

    3. I would organise a truly proportional government that represents the interests of the entire population of Cyprus as one country.

    Former Greek Cypriot president Glafkos Klerides said that they should have accepted the Annan plan.

    4. I would ensure that Turkey, if it wants to, to become a full member of the EU.

    But Sarkozy and Merkel object to that that’s why they asked the Greek side not to reach a solution with the Turkish side. By sabotaging the Cypriot problem, they sabotage the EU-Turkey negotiations.

    5. I would encourage the exploration of offshore drilling within the internationally recognised waters for the access to gas and oil reserves and for the revenues of this action to help build a better Cyprus for all concerned.

    But the Greek Cypriots search for oil and gas whereas the Cypriot issue is not resolved. If they hadn’t been made EU members, they would not have dared do that.

    I would also use the income generated to settle all financial disputes over land that has come about by the events of 1974.

    Good idea.

    The use of these funds removes Greece and Turkey from this whole matter and returns it to a local issue which is where it should be handled and for this process to be governed by EU Law to ensure fairness for everyone.

    Turkey and Greece (and the UK) are guarantor countries. And if Turkey hadn’t intervened in 1974, we can guess what would have happened to the rest of the Turkish Cypriots. Anyway the EU can’t be fair because the Greek Cypriots are EU members. Let’s recall that according to the EU laws no country can be an EU member if that country has frontier disputes. So the EU membership of the Greek Cypriots is neither legal nor fair. How can we expect the EU to be fair today? Furthermore, neither the Greek side nor the Turkish side can represent internationally Cyprus. The situation is really unhealthy. (And let’s add to that indigestible cocktail the British military bases and soldiers in Southern Cyprus).

    With Greece, Turkey and Cyprus all being members of the EU, trade would flourish and this has to be in everyones best interest. Political stability would improve the region and we can all move on to another problem.

    It’s true.

    Turkey said that it will authorise the Greek Cypriot planes and ships to enter its territory as soon as the EU stands to its commitment of 2004, in other words as soon as the embargoes imposed on the Turkish Cypriots are lifted. Thus what is the EU waiting for?

    What is the downside? Actually very little and I see it as a win win result for all concerned. Will it every happen, I don’t know. Can it happen, yes it can, it just takes a first bold step to break the deadlock. And as an objective viewer I think it should Turkey that takes that step and show true strength and belief in a better world.

    On the one hand the Turkish side decided to help the Greek Cypriots and began to provide them with electricity for a few months. On the other hand, the Greek Cypriots decided to search for oil whereas the negotiations for a solution at Cyprus are not concluded. That is a provocation that can only increase the tensions and destroy a solution. Otherwise, why have the Greek Cypriots decided to search for oil and gas?

    Dear Alister, I also support the reunification of Cyprus. But the Greek Cypriots (with Sarkozy and Merkel mainly) do everything so that the reunification is sabotaged. I’m fed up.

    Yours sincerely,

    Cem

    PS. Through these articles you can see the painting of the horrible hidden agenda of the anti-Turkey circles of the EU who work hand in hand with their Greek beggars:

    http://turkey.blogactiv.eu/2011/06/03/abstruse-but-that%e2%80%99s-enough-we-are-in-the-21st-century/

    http://turkey.blogactiv.eu/2011/06/25/a-legitimate-and-legal-intervention-1974-a-golden-opportunity-missed-2004/

    http://turkey.blogactiv.eu/2010/10/08/an-unhealthy-situation-the-cypriot-issue/

    http://turkey.blogactiv.eu/2011/02/03/appalling-propaganda-against-turkey-episode-iii-2/

    http://turkey.blogactiv.eu/2010/12/01/appalling-propaganda-against-turkey-episode-ii/

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