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Media Watch 2007

26 October 2007
Source: Cyprus Weekly
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Comment: The following editorial article appeared in the Cyprus Weekly of Nicosia on 26 October 2007.
Albion: perfidious as ever
"Britain's branding was coined way back in the 13th century, and rings as true today as it did then! The latest example of this favourite British ploy is the British government's decision this week to sign an agreement with Turkey for the upgrading of the status of the illegal, breakaway Turkish Cypriot state in a form tantamount to all but full diplomatic recognition..."

"BRITAIN'S branding as 'Perfidious Albion' was coined way back in the 13th century, and, alas, rings as true today as it did then!

The latest example of this favourite British ploy is the British government's decision this week to sign an agreement with Turkey for the upgrading of the status of the illegal, breakaway Turkish Cypriot state in a form tantamount to all but full diplomatic recognition as a legitimate separate state.

Such a development is, of course, ruled out by the UN Security Council, whose numerous resolutions brand the breakaway state 'illegal.'

These resolutions also demand the withdrawal of the Turkish occupation troops and the return of the Greek Cypriots who were ethnically cleansed from the occupied north by the same foreign invaders.

One may well ask how Britain can act like this since it is not only one of the special all-powerful permanent members of the UN Security Council, which must back its resolutions, but also one of the guarantor powers of Cyprus independence, and the unity of the country?

It is, of course, clear that Britain's stance is dictated by its strategic and economic interests, which weigh far too heavily towards Turkey, in comparison with puny Cyprus.

It is high time that even Cyprus reacted to this long-standing pro-Turkish stand by Britain by using whatever it can to defend its own interests.

In this respect, it can certainly exert plenty of pressure to force Britain to adopt a more balanced policy by using the powerful card of the existence of the British Sovereign Bases on the island.

Foreign Minister Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis hinted as much in her reaction to the signing of this week's Turco-British agreement by referring to the existence of the bases.

Cyprus possesses another equally-powerful card, however, in the form of the large Cypriot community in Britain, whose members can certainly influence many British Members of Parliament who depend heavily on Cypriot votes in their respective constituencies.

It is high time that this particular card was used for all it is worth."