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Media Watch 2004

12 March 2004
Source: Cyprus Weekly
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Comment: The following leader article appeared in the Cyprus Weekly of Nicosia on 12 March 2004.
Insatiable Denktash
"... [while] Mehmet Ali Birand points out that the Annan plan grants the Turkiish Cypriots more than 90% of their demands, acting like a petulant child Rauf bawls out he will be left with nothing. His loud protestations are part of his standard strategy aiming at 100% percent satsifaction of his demands.

Rauf Denktash outdid himself this week when he bemoaned that acceptance of the Annan plan would leave the Turkish Cypriots with nothing. Everything that was achieved by them during the past 30 years would be lost, he cried.

This was indeed Denktash at his very best. While even independent and highly respected Turkish columnists like Mehmet Ali Birand point out that the Annan plan grants the Turkiish Cypriots more than 90% of their demands, acting like a petulant child Rauf bawls out he will be left with nothing. His loud protestations are part of his standard strategy aiming at 100% percent satsifaction of his demands.

The Annan plan legitimises to a great extent the consequences of the illegal Turkish occupation, the ethnic cleansing of the Greek Cypriot population coupled to the usurpation of their properties, and their replacement by settlers from Turkey in violation of the Geneva Convention. The 10% that Annan denies Denktash is recognition of separate sovereignty for his illegal, breakaway Turkish Cypriot state, though even here, sovereignty is granted to the "Turkish Cypriot constituent state" in all but name.

The trouble with Cyprus and the fact that the problem has been left to plague the world for all these years is that the maximalist Denktash-Ankara demands, seeking to legitimise the occupation through the acceptance of the resulting "reality" are taken seriously by the numerous foreign mediators for reasons of political expediency and to serve their own national interests."