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Media Watch 2005

03 April 2005
Source: Sunday Mail
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Comment: The following letter appeared in the Sunday Mail of Nicosia on 3 April 2005.
Fed up with British policy
"I am getting very annoyed with the current British government in constantly downplaying the wrongful actions of Turkey and the Turkish Cypriots... but still Turkey will not recognise the Republic of Cyprus... Britain, as a guarantor power under the 1960 Cyprus agreement and an EU member, should be putting more diplomatic pressure on Turkey to recognise the Republic and for Turkey to withdraw its troops from the island and take back all their illegal settlers that are sitting on Greek properties if any future fair deal is reached... Instead, the current British government is so hell bent on admitting Turkey into the EU it wants quick fix solutions such as the Annan plan, which meets all of Turkey’s requirements, and is putting pressure on the Greek Cypriots to accept any loose-worded deal that pleases Turkey... Anyone would think that Britain has zero unemployment, that it needs thousands of Turks who will end up on their shores in search of better work opportunities if and when they join the EU. Instead of defending a fellow EU member state in the Republic of Cyprus, the British government chooses to appease the Turks with every chance they get... In the end, the British people should be asked in a referendum whether they want the Turks or not in the EU. Turkey needs the EU more than the EU needs Turkey."

Sir,

As an Australian citizen with an Italian father and Greek Cypriot mother I feel compelled to write to you. I am getting very annoyed with the current British government in constantly downplaying the wrongful actions of Turkey and the Turkish Cypriots.

Turkey will now grudgingly sign the customs agreement to include 10 new EU members which includes Cyprus, but still Turkey will not recognise the Republic of Cyprus. How does this work? You either recognise the Republic or not.

Britain, as a guarantor power under the 1960 Cyprus agreement and an EU member, should be putting more diplomatic pressure on Turkey to recognise the Republic and for Turkey to withdraw its troops from the island and take back all their illegal settlers that are sitting on Greek properties if any future fair deal is reached.

Instead, the current British government is so hell bent on admitting Turkey into the EU it wants quick fix solutions such as the Annan plan, which meets all of Turkey’s requirements, and is putting pressure on the Greek Cypriots to accept any loose-worded deal that pleases Turkey.

Anyone would think that Britain has zero unemployment, that it needs thousands of Turks who will end up on their shores in search of better work opportunities if and when they join the EU. Instead of defending a fellow EU member state in the Republic of Cyprus, the British government chooses to appease the Turks with every chance they get.

In the end, the British people should be asked in a referendum whether they want the Turks or not in the EU. Turkey needs the EU more than the EU needs Turkey."