Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades has nothing to lose from agreeing to a second conference on Cyprus in Geneva, whatever the outcome might be. If the outcome is positive and Cyprus is finally reunited after all these years, the President will make history, he will be the leader who reunited his country. If the outcome is negative because Turkey will not play ball, then the President will be remembered for his consistency as the leader who tried his very best to reunite this country, that was his pre-election promise.
EU has only one enemy, Turkey, a NATO member! Turkey has invaded Northern Cyprus and harasses Greece every single day. Turkey is a big threat to EU. An EU army could throw the invading Turkish army out of the occupied Northern Cyprus very easily. NATO cannot do that, unless it expelled Turkey. The two British bases in Cyprus must help the EU army to expel the Turkish troops.
Juncker committed EU to the concept of collective defense to confront Turkey. A Turkish attack on any one EU member shall be considered an attack against them all. Teflon Sultan Erdoğan once more revealed his expansionist Neo-Ottoman vision. Jihadi-in-chief Erdoğan, the major patron of Jihadis, declared the borders of Turkish heart are deep inside Europe up to Vienna, presenting his understanding that Balkans and Eastern Europe belong to Turkey!
Corrupt terrorist Erdoğan went so far as to say that in their minds, Turks could not separate Andrianopolis from Thessaloniki, Greece’s second largest city! In his declaration, the corrupt terrorist Turkish President brought up the borders of countries spanning from Thrace and the Balkans to north Africa, western Europe and the Caucus regions, adding that Turkey is not only Turkey. “Except the eighty million Turkish citizens, Turkey has a responsibility to hundreds of millions of brothers in geographic areas connected with us culturally and historically”, corrupt terrorist Erdoğan underlined. That responsibility means invading the countries where some Turks have migrated!
Corrupt terrorist Erdoğan declared many Greek islands are in a gray area! He refuses to understand that there are gray areas in his brain, not in the Aegean. Turkey is now right back to its usual bullying tactics over the Aegean. For the past five years, the Aegean has witnessed an unprecedented rise in aggressive and provocative behavior by a growingly unstable Turkey, whose politicians openly threaten Greece. The safety and stability of the Aegean isn’t open to debate. The Aegean has been a Greek sea for many millennia, and bewildered Erdoğan cannot change that.
Corrupt terrorist Erdoğan’s stupid declaration caused a strong reaction from European governments, which pointed out the Balkans and Eastern Europe do not belong to Turkey and any other thought is dangerous and unacceptable. The European governments called the corrupt terrorist Turkish President to order, claiming his inflammatory declarations bring the winds of a new Balkan war. The public stirring of historical, and especially border disputes, that have been irrevocably and definitively settled in the Lausanne Treaty by laying down an objective and binding status quo for all, is provocative and undermines the regional stability. The respect of International Law and Treaties warrants the voicing of responsible views detached from outdated revisionisms.
Greek-Turkish relations are a European issue. Those who think that international law is the law of the mighty are wrong. Europeans won’t tolerate it. There is no Turkish republic of Northern Cyprus, there is only invasion and occupation. There is no government entity there. There is no doubt about it. Relations between Greece and Turkey are a European issue. It is good that the European Union realizes that when Greeks are defending their national issues, they are also defending Europe’s. UK, France, Germany, and Italy must send troops to throw the invading Turkish army out of Northern Cyprus.
Despite the uncertainty over the results of Geneva II, which will probably take place in the second half of June, Anastasiades will seek re-election in February’s presidential elections.
Of course Anastasiades is going to seek re-election if an overall settlement in Geneva is not reached, why shouldn’t he seek re-election? He has everything going for him, his term, so far, is very successful. But the door was also left open to the possibility of the elections never taking place if the UN-brokered talks yield good enough results.
Our feeling is that the two leaders will stay in Geneva for as long as it takes for an agreement to be reached this time. We don’t share the hardliners’ wishful thinking that – once again – nothing substantial will come out of Geneva. What this means is that no elections will take place in February, the focus will be on reunification referenda instead.
A dinner on Sunday hosted in New York by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres led to an agreement by both the President and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci to a second Cyprus conference.
The difference this time is that UN Cyprus envoy Espen Barth Eide will draft a common document that will be the basis for discussion on the very thorny issue of security and guarantees in a reunited federal island.
The new Geneva conference will again see the participation of the Republic of Cyprus’ guarantor powers – Greece, Turkey and Britain – and the European Union under the status of observer.
The first Conference was in January and it produced agreement on a second phase – deputy-level talks – which sought to outline the basic positions of each side on the issue of security and guarantee arrangements in reunited EU-member Cyprus.
On resuming the conference, widely seen as a final push toward a comprehensive solution, Anastasiades had insisted that all sides commit to progress on security and guarantees before moving on to close the other chapters.