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To: Guardian
01 December 2006
Cyprus may have entered the EU
Cyprus may have entered the EU with its "grievances intact" but it certainly didn't enter with its territory intact. After thirty two years of occupation, newspapers such as the Guardian continue to ignore the countless UN resolutions that call for Turkey to withdraw its illegal occupying troops and allow the refugees to return to their homes.

After decades of Turkey rejecting numerous settlement plans, its seems that the holy grail of geopolitics was found: a chance to blame the Greek Cypriots for rejecting a settlement plan that was weighed so much in Turkey's favour that it was rejected by 76 percent of Greek Cypriots. And two years on, the Guardian, so keen to placate Turkey, is still trying to get mileage out of this.

Just which "unbiased" commentators deemed the last proposed settlement to the Cyprus issue in 2004 "a fair compromise"?

Do you include Britain, which concocted the plan to legalise division under the euphamism of "reunification" and (if you had read the small print) would legitimise 99 square miles of UK sovereign bases which are on shaky legal ground?

Or do you mean the US, which (according to Daniel Fried, National Security Council member and special advisor to President Bush) when seeking permission for US troops to pass from Turkey into Iraq "gave Turkey two motives: several billion dollars in the form of donations and Cyprus in the form of the Annan plan".

Turkey has held Cyprus hostage for long enough. Isn't it about time that the British government and the Guardian refrained from trying to whitewash Turkey's crimes of ethnic cleansing and social engineering in Cyprus in order to smooth Turkey's path into the EU?