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Media Watch 2005

02 June 2005
Source: Cyprus Weekly
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Comment: The following editorial appeared in the Cyprus Weekly of Nicosia on 2 June 2005.
US Congressman's monumental impertinence
"Edward Whitfield, the leader of the US Congressional party that visited the Turkish-occupied north this week, had the monumental impertinence to criticise President Papadopoulos and Greek Cypriots in general for insisting on the withdrawal of the Turkish mainland settlers introduced to the north in the wake of the 1974 invasion and occupation, as demanded specifically by Security Council resolutions... He deliberately ignores the fact that the introduction of the settlers to the occupied north is a deliberate attempt to change the demographic composition of the island, and as such a violation of the Geneva Convention and a war crime... Do you see the point Mr Whitfield or are you just as blind and deaf as the Turkish government when it comes to respecting the demands of the Security Council and international law?""

Edward Whitfield, the leader of the US Congressional party that visited the Turkish-occupied north this week, had the monumental impertinence to criticise President Papadopoulos and Greek Cypriots in general for insisting on the withdrawal of the Turkish mainland settlers introduced to the north in the wake of the 1974 invasion and occupation, as demanded specifically by Security Council resolutions.

Whitfield, who is a protagonist of Turkish interests in Washington, charged that President Papadopoulos wanted to get rid of the settlers "so that he can extend his rule over all Cyprus."

He deliberately ignores the fact that the introduction of the settlers to the occupied north is a deliberate attempt to change the demographic composition of the island, and as such a violation of the Geneva Convention and a war crime.

What is most astounding about this approach by Congressman Whitfield, and all those other Americans who close their eyes and ears to Turkey's continuing war crimes in Cyprus, is that the United States government itself spares no effort in ridding the country of illegal immigrants, deporting thousands every month back across the border to Mexico. It does this even in the case of whole families with teenage children that were born in the US, ignoring their pleas for humanitarian consideration of such cases. The great United States insists that since the law has been broken, there is no other remedy.

Yet people like Whitfield, not to mention other higher ups in the US government and elsewhere, plead for such humanitarian consideration in the case of the Turkish settlers and in effect the legitimisation of Turkey's war crime.

If the United States has every right to get rid of the poor Mexican settlers, whose presence is not part of a deliberate war crime, then why is President Papadopoulos and the whole Greek Cypriot population - not to mention the majority of Turkish Cypriots who also want the settlers withdrawn - blamed for wanting to correct a war crime.

Do you see the point Mr Whitfield or are you just as blind and deaf as the Turkish government when it comes to respecting the demands of the Security Council and international law?"