Talks on federation are recently occupying the Greek side.
In actual fact they have no intention of reaching an agreement or establishing a partnership with the Turkish Cypriots.
The proof of this is the referendum results on the Annan-Plan of 20th April 2004. Greeks voted 75% against a united-federated Cyprus Republic with the Turkish Cypriots.
Actually, from the Turkish Cypriot point of view, it was good that they said “no”! Otherwise, Turkish troops would have left the island, 2/5 of Northern Cyprus would have been occupied by some 160.000 Greek settlers, and the Turkish Cypriots would have fallen under a pseudo majority. The Turkish Cypriots would then not be “living” but “suffering”.
Current and future developments in Syria are written in her history.
It is also not necessary to go back too far, her recent history speaks for itself.
The Syrian people, wishing to free themselves from the French colonial rule
of the years 1920 – 1946, ceased the opportunity in 1943, following the German
occupation of France, and started an uprising.
In the preceeding two years, France had enough, but as she did not want to leave Syria
without securing some advantages for herself, in May 1945 the uprising against French
colonial administration spread to the major cyties such as Damascu s, Aleppo, Humus and Ham.
By 1946, France could not suppress the country-wide uprising and was eventually forced to<...
Todays Zaman, January 21, 2008
While Archbishop Makarios was making clear his thoughts on the future of Cyprus, similar statements were also being made by Greek leaders in Greece. Some 15,000 Greek troops had actually occupied Cyprus since 1964.
Greece and Makarios were confident that Turkey could not risk a major war with Greece in order to save Turkish Cypriots and their rights in the face of such military reality.
Indeed the two partners knew of the anxiety of the US government about a Greco-Turkish war and its...
Today’s Zaman, January 19, 2008
This degrading retreat forced Gen. Georgio Grivas to abandon his dreams of taking the Erenköy beachhead from the Turkish Cypriots. The UN called for a cease-fire and it was agreed to by both parties.
The various statements made by Archbishop Makarios in 1964 clearly explain the cause of the conflict on the island and his dream of taking a seat in history as the “architect of enosis” (or union with mainland Greece). On March 25, 1964, in a statement to German daily Sudetendeutsche Zeitung, he said, “With regard to the solution of the Cyprus problem, the union of Cyprus...
Todays Zaman, January 14, 2008
The Turkish Cypriots, after severe inter-communal armed clashes, began moving from isolated rural areas and mixed villages into safe enclaves to save their lives, leaving behind all of their wealth, property, houses, memories and graveyards.
In just a short time a substantial portion of the island’s Turkish Cypriot population were crowded into the suburbs of the Turkish quarter of Lefkosa in tents and hastily constructed shacks. Slum conditions resulted from lack of money. All necessities and necessary utilities were sent by the Red Cross from mainland Turkey. The Greek Cypriot government took no notice of these...