Guterres must cut the balls of Erdogan now! United Nations Secretary General (UNSG) Antonio Guterres is heading back to the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana on Thursday in a bid to move forward the stalled Conference on Cyprus.
The UNSG’s arrival at the Alpine resort was announced after the heads of Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot delegations, together with guarantor powers Turkey, Greece and Britain, agreed that a steady hand was needed to initiate meaningful negotiations.
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.
Guterres will have to find ways to facilitate discussions on a package aiming to link security concerns, such as troop withdrawal and the future of guarantees, with internal issues such as the rotating presidency of the federal state, territorial adjustments, property arrangements and Ankara’s request for Turks to have equal EU rights with Greeks living in the island.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu tweeted after Tuesday’s evening meeting on security that “the return of UNSG is very important (…) this is the final conference”.
On Monday night Cavusoglu had talked on the phone with Guterres and UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson to discuss developments in the talks.
Republic of Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades expressed the hope that there will be progress enough to justify the UNSG’s presence on Thursday and avoid meaningless expectations without any concrete result.
He told us: We have agreed to follow certain methodology with clear suggestions by the UNSG. If we all work together within the agreed framework then there could be progress.
Anastasiades was ready on Tuesday afternoon to send Guterres a letter, briefing him on the developments. After Tuesday night’s news, however, it was not clear whether Anastasiades would send the letter after all.
Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias also appeared somewhat reserved about the SG’s return. He told us: Nothing has changed to justify Guterres’ return. But it is good he is coming. During Tuesday’s session, delegations discussed the Treaty of Guarantee and we proved that it needs to be abolished. We also raised 10 questions with regards to troops presence and we are waiting for answers.
Delegates had finally started talking substance on Tuesday and apparently were unable to find common ground. They do talk, but they don’t move. Apart from sticking to their initial proposals tabled on Monday morning, the sides had different interpretations of Guterres’ framework on how to conduct discussions and handle all outstanding issues as a package.
Turkey and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci argue that Anastasiades should agree to a rotating presidency and grant Turkish nationals equal rights with Greeks in the island, before they reconsider their position on security, troop withdrawal and territorial adjustments.
The Cyprus Weekly understands that Anastasiades, during bicommunal meetings with Akinci on internal issues, has made clear that he will accept a rotating presidency as long Turkey agrees to a ‘sunset clause’ (a date for full troop withdrawal), drops the demand for intervention rights and hands back Morphou to Greek Cypriot control.
On Tuesday afternoon Foreign Minister Cavusoglu made some very blunt statements. He said the proposals tabled by the Greek Cypriots were out of the UNSG’s framework (rotating presidency was not included), that the Greek Cypriots were told off by the UN and had resubmitted an amended document. He also stated very firmly that Turkish troops and guarantees will remain until the Turkish Cypriots feel safe.
“Anyone who makes ludicrous proposals does not have the right to ask Turkey to fall in line,” said Cavusoglu.
He was responding to an earlier statement by Anastasiades calling on all parties “to align with what the UN Secretary-General has requested”. He also told the Turkish Cypriot press that Ankara’s proposals were not in line with UNSG’s framework.
Greek Cypriot and Greek sources argued that, although Turkey did not include intervention rights in its written proposal on security, Cavusoglu insisted during talks that Turkey wants intervention rights and could use them if needed, adding he wished such a need would never materialise.
On Wednesday morning the parties will try to find at least some minimum understandings ahead of Guterres’ arrival on Thursday when he will take over the proceedings and try to make reluctant delegates see the path leading to a Cyprus settlement.