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Media Watch 2006

01 December 2006
Source: Cyprus Weekly
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Comment: The following editorial article appeared in the Cyprus Weekly of Nicosia on 1 December 2006.
Who's blackmailing whom?
"The only blackmail in force in connection with Cyprus is none other than the continuing illegal Turkish occupation of the north and its linkage to Turkey's insistence for the acceptance of the illegal breakaway state and the even more heinous crime of the ethnic cleansing of the Greek Cypriot population of the occupied north as a preconditions for a Cyprus settlement."

"Turkey is without a shadow of a doubt THE world champion when it comes to twisting the meaning of words to promote its political objectives and then complaining of blackmail when the rest of the world insists on actions based on the true meaning of the words.

The latest such example was the absurd complaint by the Turkish Foreign Minister who described as blackmail the reasonable European Union demand that Turkey must recognise all members of the union, including Cyprus, if it wants it's own wish to join the union to be fulfilled.

The EU demand for the recognition of Cyprus, which Turkey rejects as blackmail, would come through the opening of Turkish ports and airports to Cypriot ships and planes. Such a step by Turkey would amount to an admission that the breakaway Turkish Cypriot state in the Turkish occupied north of the island is indeed illegal, as stated repeatedly by the UN Security Council and the European Court of Human Rights, and that this is the reason why this vassal entity is not recognised by any other state but Turkey!

The only blackmail in force in connection with Cyprus is none other than the continuing illegal Turkish occupation of the north and its linkage to Turkey's insistence for the acceptance of the illegal breakaway state and the even more heinous crime of the ethnic cleansing of the Greek Cypriot population of the occupied north as a preconditions for a Cyprus settlement.

Who's the victim of isolation?

Just as it twists the meaning of blackmail to suit its purpose, Turkey does the same with another much abused word - isolation. It appeals to international humanitarian feelings by pleading for the ending of the alleged isolation of the Turkish Cypriots by making the patently hollow claim that the Turkish Cypriots are isolated, and suffer, even though they can come and go as they please through the ports and airports of both the government controlled south and the occupied north.

It persists with this hollow claim for the lifting of this alleged `isolation' whose real objective is none other than the political ploy to gain official recognition of the illegal ports and airports in the north, as a major step toward the international recognition of the illegal breakaway state.

The only real isolation in Cyprus is that affecting the tens of thousands of Greek Cypriot refugees. These people have been ethnically cleansed from the Turkish-occupied north and are prevented by Turkey from returning to their homes and properties despite the numerous judgements of the European Court of Human Rights ordering Turkey to allow them to do so and to restitute their usurped properties.

Sensational media coverage, when a gang of Greek Cypriot teenagers, who can only be described as racist hoodlums, invaded the school subsequently and proceeded to beat up some Turkish Cypriot pupils.

This development has been universally denounced by President Papadopoulos and all the other Greek Cypriot political leaders. They all demand the exemplary punishment of the hoodlums involved.

What is more important, however, is for the political leaderships on both sides of the divided island, and society as a whole, to ensure that such incidents never happen again by promoting understanding, the improvement of good relations between Greek and Turkish Cypriots, and by rooting out any racist attitudes among our youth."