Saturday, September 6, 2014

There is no country called Cyprus, says the Sultan

Last year, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the new President of "Turkey", said at a meeting at Eotvos Lorand University in Budapest that "there is not a country called Cyprus." The insulting remarks of the then PM of "Turkey" reveal that he is far from being an ideal negotiating partner for the Republic of Cyprus.

At an academic meeting (!) at a university in a EU capital (!), Erdoğan said that Cyprus is just an administration, not a state. “It is an island where there are security forces of the U.N. – troops of Hungary are present there as well – so how come you can introduce that island as Cyprus,” he asked.

Relying on his comprehensive knowledge on economics, he then went on to explain that “going bankrupt” is the only thing that can be expected from such an administration. Erdoğan’s statements on Cyprus speak volumes about what the future of Cyprus holds as long as it gives too much credit to this infamous psychopath (even Kemalists agree on this point) during the so-called “negotiations.” We all need to unite. Our willingness to live together with Turkish Cypriots must not be allowed to muddy our understanding regarding the sort of man, the sort of mentality we are up against. It is ugly, it is ferocious, it is foreign to anything we are brought up with, certainly foreign to western truth and logic. It is sad but our upbringing unfortunately makes us easy prey for their sort of mentality. At the end, I provide the link to my solution. A bit of payback. A bit of language that these sort of people understand. Because we need to remind this psychopath, that the same way Cyprus is co-owned by majority Greek and minority Turks, so is Turkey, Ankara, Istanbul, etc, co-owned by majority Turks and minority Kurds. At the end of the day, there is nothing this imbecile can give Kurds that we cannot grant Turkish Cypriots. The translation of his full speech follows (note that his exact expressions are translated):

“The bottleneck in our process of negotiations with the EU that was started in 2005 still continues due to the political obstacles that some EU members expose to us. One of the main principles of the EU – as you know – is loyalty to fulfilling promises – or the pacta sunt servanda. Unfortunately, this principle has been violated by some leaders and new conditions for Turkey’s negotiations with the EU have been brought out. Here, I would like to remind the distinguished academics and dear students of something: They can accept Turkey into the EU or not – it does not matter at all. But I want you to know a reality. It was in 1959 that Turkey applied for membership to the EU. It made its official application in 1963. So it has been 50 years. No member of the EU has been exposed to this type of a treatment. Only Turkey has been exposed to such a treatment. And now there are so many EU member countries which are in such a backward position that they cannot even be compared to Turkey’s economic situation or rights and liberties. They are not even remotely close to adopting Community acquis. They have been accepted into the EU due to ideological reasons. One of them is South Cyprus. First of all, South Cyprus is not a state. South Cyprus is an administration. It is an island where there are security forces of the U.N. – troops of Hungary are present there as well – so how come you can introduce that island as Cyprus? There is not a country called Cyprus. There is the Southern Greek Cypriot Administration because here is a Green Line, and then at the northern part of it is the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. And the new name of this region according to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation is the Turkish State of Cyprus. The Kofi Annan plan also names it like that. We made this offer. And when this was presented to us in the Kofi Annan plan, I said to Mr. Annan “Look! We will always lead. But Greeks will always fall behind”. And we worked for 4 days in Bürgenstock. The then PM of Greece was Karamanlis and the head of South Cyprus Greek administration was Papadοpulos. Of course, he is dead now. After we completed our study and it was time to sign it, Karamanlis, PM of Greece, said “let’s delay this.” Mr. Annan turned to me and asked me “What do you say, Mr. Prime Minister?”. I said “I have promised you in Davos that we will always be a step ahead of them. I will not retreat from that promise of mine. ” When I spoke like that, Mr. Annan said “Mr. prime minister’s (Erdoğan’s) word is valid and we have to sign (the agreement) here”. And we signed it. Then the referendum took place. And about the referendum, we made a statement to both Mr. Annan and to the European Union. We said to the EU “Look! We will keep our promise. But if South Cyprus does not keep its promise, what sanction will you impose on them?” They told us not to worry. Verheugen, the famous German, was responsible for this task back then. He was with us in Bürgenstock. And, dear friends, the referendum was held. In the referendum, North Cyprus said “yes” to the Annan plan with 65 %, while South Cyprus said “no” with 76 %. Even though South Cyprus said “no”, the EU awarded it and accepted it into the EU. Now I am asking… What kind of a pacta sunt servanda is that? Is that not an ideological stance? Can such a European Union be a healthy (organization)? Mr. Schröder has made in his memoirs a very interesting analysis: He has said that a moral turpitude was committed against Turks. Merkel too has made a similar statement. But I suppose that she must now regret having said it. She has said “We have made a mistake in accepting South Cyprus into the EU” because it is against the union acquis. But they accepted Cyprus into the EU. And now they are paying the price. What has Christofias said recently? He has said “we have gone bankrupt”. You cannot expect something different from them. (or from their situation). Will you sustain them by giving them support all the time?

And there is not a state called Cyprus. We do not recognize it anyway. Something has always been brought up from the very beginning. They keep talking about a two-state structure. But those who bring this structure up do not embrace it. We are faced with such a situation. I would like to state that the EU membership still has strategic importance for Turkey. Against all odds…” THIS IS THE SOLUTION (in Greek)

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