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Media Watch 2006

25 August 2006
Source: Cyprus Weekly
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Comment: The following editorial article appeared in the Cyprus Weekly of Nicosia on 25 August 2006.
Shouts by the burglar to scare the landlord
"It is both a pity and a shame that these Security Council resolutions and Rights Court judgements remain unimplemented all these years with the major world powers choosing to ignore them so as not to upset Turkey, a valuable strategic and trade partner for some of them"

"The burglar shouts to scare the landlord" is an old Greek saying that fits perfectly in the case of the Turkish Cypriot official and Turkish protests over the situation in Cyprus. The latest such outburst of shouting came this week in the wake of the attempt by the Turkish side to gain prestige and recognition of the illegal Turkish Cypriot state by having Mehmet Ali Talat present the trophies to the winners of the Istanbul Grand Prix - an event watched by millions of TV viewers worldwide.

When the Cyprus government protested, the Turkish side promptly started shouting that this was yet another attempt by the Greek Cypriots to isolate the Turkish Cypriots and violate their legitimate rights.

It further called on the international community to protest against this totally unacceptable Greek Cypriot conduct!

What is sad, not to say totally unacceptable, about this situation is that some of Turkey's closest friends are also pressing for an end to this isolation.

In view of this latest development and new pleas for ending the isolation it is worth recalling that this isolation is decreed by a pile of UN Security Council resolutions that brand the breakaway Turkish Cypriot in the Turkish-occupied part of the island "illegal'' and call for an ending of the military occupation. The resolutions also call upon all states "not to recognise the purported state of the `Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus' set up by secessionist acts and calls on them not to facilitate or in any way assist the aforesaid secessionist entity.''

The Turkish side, of course, totally ignores these Security Council demands, just as it rejects all the other Council resolutions and Human Rights Court decisions demanding the withdrawal of the Turkish occupation troops, the return of the refugees and the reunification of the island.

A pity and a shame

It is both a pity and a shame that these Security Council resolutions and Rights Court judgements remain unimplemented all these years with the major world powers choosing to ignore them so as not to upset Turkey, a valuable strategic and trade partner for some of them.

It is even worse that this toleration of the continuing Turkish illegal occupation and the consequent ethnic cleansing of the Greek Cypriot population of the occupied north has resulted in a growing international acceptance of the situation, something also accepted by major international news media that are increasingly referring to "the Greek Cypriot south," and the "Turkish Cypriot north" of the island.

Events like the brazen attempt by Turkey to exploit a major international event like the Grand Prix prize-giving ceremony to promote its views only stresses the need for the Cyprus government to be ever vigilant.

More importantly, it needs to increase its own public relations efforts to enlighten international public opinion of the truth of the prevailing situation on the island, of the continuing Turkish illegal occupation and the toleration of Turkey's ethnic cleansing and other continuing war crimes which inevitably lead to the growing perception of the Greek Cypriot south and the Turkish Cypriot north, instead of the internationally recognised unitary single state of Cyprus."