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Media Watch 2004

27 October 2004
Source: Haravghi
Author: Neofytos Neofytou
Comment: The following article appeared in Haravgi of Nicosia on 27 October 2004.
The pseudo-state was used as a pawn
"What happened in Cyprus with the Annan plan in reality has nothing to do with the Turkish Cypriots, but the main issue was Turkey's accession into the European Union and the pseudo-state was used as pawn."

The intention of the Turk Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan to disconnect the Cyprus problem from the accession course of Turkey is obvious in all his formal contacts, meetings and statements. In an interview published in the Sunday edition of the Greek newspaper ''To Vima'', the Turk PM held responsible the Greek Cypriot side for a failure to solve the long-standing Cyprus problem, because it had rejected the Annan Plan. Mr. Erdogan also said that the accession of Turkey to the EU was not connected with the Cyprus problem.

However, Eser Karakas, Professor at the Bahcesehir University in Turkey, stated form the occupied part of Cyprus: “what happened in Cyprus with the Annan plan in reality has nothing to do with the Turkish Cypriots, but the main issue was Turkey's accession into the European Union and the pseudo-state was used as pawn”. It is crystal clear that the professor reveals what is already known, that the whole procedure with the Annan Plan was planned and promoted by the British and the US, with objective to wash Turkey clean of any responsibility regarding Cyprus and been offered an accession date. This policy resulted in Mr. Erdogan stating that Turkey “did” its duty as far as the Annan Plan is concerned and requests the Cyprus problem to be considered as unrelated. In fact, the Cyprus problem could be disconnected from the accession course of Turkey. No matter how controversial it might sounds, the answer is given again by Mr. Erdogan, who mentions in his interview, “the Cyprus problem and the accession of Turkey to the European Union are two separate matters. Nevertheless, we believe that a fair, permanent solution in Cyprus and the accession course of Turkey to the European Union would not be just compatible developments, but they would strengthen one another, for the common good of Europe”.

Mr. Erdogan literally links the two matters to each other, but outlines that it was not the first time that the government and the entire political leadership of the country had declared that the solution of the Cyprus problem and the accession of the island to the EU would help maintain stability in the area and in Europe as well. However, the Cyprus problem is pending unsolved and Turkey has not got accession date yet. Thus, the need is to set the preconditions that would lead to the solution of the Cyprus problem and the accession date of Turkey. Preconditions related to the link of the two problems, since Turkey is the country that invaded in Cyprus and has 40,000 Turks soldiers in European ground. Steps towards the solution of the Cyprus problem on the basis of the Annan Plan, with objective to establish a bizonal, bicommunal federation are imperative to take place simultaneously with the European course of Turkey. Turkey has the opportunity to take initiatives prior to December 17th. Otherwise, getting an accession negotiation date, it is obliged to commit itself in a clear and specific way that soon would lead the Cyprus problem to a solution. In such a case, the Cypriot Republic would have no reason to obstruct the accession course of Turkey. Otherwise, the Cypriot Republic deserves to wonder about its stance on December 17th. Certainly, as the AKEL Secretary General has stated, the right to “veto” “is hot”, so it should be examined thoroughly. The matter is correctly raised and would be discussed collectively in the following session of the National Council. During such critical moments, decisions should be nationally and collectively taken, away from any petty party or others expediencies."