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Turkey will never get in EU unless it pulls out of Cyprus - Cypriot president

Author: Nick Iliev Date: Tue, May 31 2011 22 Comments, 4913 Views
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Cyprus president Dimitris Christofias has said that Turkey has no chance of getting into the European Union unless it withdraws its army from Cyprus completely, Bulgarian media reports said on May 31 2011.

Christofias made the statement in Sydney during his visit to Australia.

There is an expectation on the part of both the Greek and Turkish Cypriots that there would be a swift resolution to the problem, but the continuous flow of Turkish migrants to the north part of the island, which is under Turkish control, is destabilising the island's demographics and causing "catastrophic" problems for the future, and for the Turkish community in particular, Christofias said.

"The demographic situation of the Turkish Cypriots has changed dramatically and this is a military crime," he said.

"We must launch court proceedings against tens of thousands of Turks who have forcibly taken the property of Greeks and expelled from their homes in the north part of the island. This is a crime," Christofias said.

Christofias is a left-wing Greek Cypriot politician and the current and sixth president of the Republic of Cyprus.

He led the AKEL and is Cyprus's first, and the European Union's first and so far only, communist head of state. He won the 2008 Cypriot presidential elections in the second round of voting. Throughout the election campaign, it was his priority to galvanise talks between the Greeks and the Turkish Cypriots to find a solution to the Cyprus dispute and reunify the island.

Cyprus remains separated following the 1974 Turkish invasion that was triggered by a brief Greek-inspired coup.

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    • Anonymous
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      #22 14, 29, Sat, Jun 04 2011

      IT IS SO SILLY TO COMMENT HARSHLY ON TURKEY AND GREECE FOR WHAT HAPPENED IN THE PAST. LOOK FOR THE FUTURE TO LEAVE A BETTER COUNTRY FOR OUR KIDS..... WORLD IS GLOBALIZED AND EVERY BODY HAS TO LEARN TO LIVE TOGETHER PEACEFULLY.

    • Anonymous
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      #21 18, 36, Thu, Jun 02 2011

      So typical - to throw mud and unrelated fabricated arguments when running out of facts....the discussion here is around Turkish Cyprus and nothing else..and the facts show over and over again that it was 'justified' and it is the real 'solution' in Cyprus.

      "what about the Armenian and Pontus genocide in the early 1900s, just a few topics....
      And now the killing of hundreds and thousands of Kurds..."

    • Anonymous neutral
      #20 02, 56, Thu, Jun 02 2011

      @Bob Larnaca, what Turk cypriot genocity?? what about the Armenian and Pontus genocide in the early 1900s, just a few topics....
      And now the killing of hundreds and thousands of Kurds...
      Its seems the world is turning a blind eye..

    • Anonymous
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      #19 13, 56, Wed, Jun 01 2011

      Turkey will never be allowed into Europe whether the Cyprus issue is resolved or not!
      They are a monster that has to be contained!

    • Anonymous
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      #18 10, 08, Wed, Jun 01 2011

      Justice for Cyprus
      "
      Turkey that had invaded Cyprus in 1974 killing thousands of innocent people removing over 200,000 Greeks from the north, taking their homes and property away from them must pay for their crimes against humanity."

      Lets be real Turkey intervened to stop the genocide of Turkish Cypriots in the first instance. Many of thesepeoepl had been forced from their homes over many years previous. We have to be honest it did not all start in 74 despite what peopel like you may believe

    • Anonymous
      Bob Larnaca Rating:
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      #17 10, 04, Wed, Jun 01 2011

      Interesting comment when Greece got in with the Greek army in Cyprus. But I guess taht was different!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Anonymous
      Dimitri Rating:
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      #16 05, 15, Wed, Jun 01 2011

      I agree with Ender, arrogance has become a way of life for many of our leaders. Look at Greece we let the politicians a free hand on our natuioanl interests and they have reduced us to poverty. Yes tax evasion, a pregnant public servant sector, and corruption are behind much of our financial demise but its upto the leaders to restructure our socio-econmomic system.

      As for Cyprus it can only make any headway through dialogue. While I disagree with Turkey's military occupation of the north, I respect Turkey Cypriots rights on the island.

      [...]

      Read the full comment /> While I support Christofias politically he needs to understand that Turkish politics are also determined by regional issues.

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    • Anonymous
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      #14 01, 53, Wed, Jun 01 2011

      Dimitris Christofias dude where is this guys neck? he looks like a nazi without a uniform,I am guessing he eat to many PIGS as the World calls the Greeks now,
      Greeks are the most curropt nation in EU and one of the most lazy,drinking Uzo and waiting the Touris to come and drop a dolor or two is not the way develop your country, go to work us Germans work very hard and we do nto want to hand over our hard earn money to Greece, that simple and this election Merkel will loose,just for that reason giving [...]

      Read the full comment money to Greece

    • Anonymous
      Mary Rating:
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      #13 01, 47, Wed, Jun 01 2011

      Turks are desprate??? really for what dude, that is the best peace of realestate in the World that is why 22 major empire made Anatolia a home before and Turks now have it, have you ever been in Turkey lately l just came back from $2 billon dollar resort called Mardan Palace,in Antalya which host 10 million visitors a year ,Turks can do just fine without EU,and Greeks will be kicked out of EU very soon as they lied about their finances to join in first place, Turkey will never trade EU for Cyprus , and that is good thing [...]

      Read the full comment bz EU is a disaster for other weak economies as Germany and French are not eating Greek olive oil and Greeks are eating corn oil, do you get my point?

    • Anonymous
      Mark Rating:
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      #12 01, 40, Wed, Jun 01 2011

      Turks have no intentions to join EU, as we all see the Greeks in EU and their faith and many others in the wing that also inculde Greek cyprus, Turks use the EU process to reform some laws that is all, EU is a sich man of the World and it will fall a part and I dont think Turks wanted to be Called PIGS G been the Greeks in PIGS, EU is not a big deal, ask the Greek in the strets and Spain or Portugal, or Italy Ireland and Soon Belgium,Turks would never give Cyprus which was theirs [...]

      Read the full comment in first place and when British handed over to Greeks and Greeks came and changed the demagraphics in first place and they have the nerve to state othervise, go to hell with EU or Greek Cyprus

    • Anonymous
      JJ Rating:
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      #11 23, 40, Tue, May 31 2011

      The EU is bankrupt politically, and it seems that being outside of it is better in many ways. I agree Turkey does not need the EU, but has no right to bully, threaten Cyprus (and Greece) indefinitely. A JUST solution is what is needed, and this means Turk troops OUT, and ALL refugees right to return to their ancestral homes.

    • Anonymous
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      #10 23, 18, Tue, May 31 2011

      Here we go again, the Greeks are trying to be the bullies again, first in Macedonia, now Cyprus. Try and get a grip on reality your going bankrupt and you got into the E.U. and Nato with false credentials.

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    • Anonymous
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      #9 23, 01, Tue, May 31 2011

      Turkey invaded Cyprus, because Greeks tried to ethnically cleanse Turks (similar to what Serbs attempted in Bosnia). Greeks still want to do the same through 'assimilation' and thus want a 'peace' plan which will let them assimilate the Turks. Justice is already served in Cyprus. Thank you very much

    • Anonymous neutral
      #8 22, 27, Tue, May 31 2011

      Turkey that had invaded Cyprus in 1974 killing thousands of innocent people removing over 200,000 Greeks from the north, taking their homes and property away from them must pay for their crimes against humanity.

    • AnonymousOnurTue, May 31 2011

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    • Anonymous
      Ender Rating:
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      #6 21, 15, Tue, May 31 2011

      Greece is bankrupt, Cyprus is bankrupt and I still do not understand how these leaders talking in arrogance. Get a grip.

    • Anonymous
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      #5 21, 06, Tue, May 31 2011

      We do not need EU and I think it is other way around. Take your EU membership and stick it in your appropriate places Mr. President

    • Anonymous
      Jake In LA Rating:
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      #4 20, 28, Tue, May 31 2011

      Those that think Turkey is desperate to join the EU - should travel to Turkey and see for themselves that Turkey is a developed country in terms of its economy and institutions. Most EU policy around foreign affairs will not work for Turkey - especially re: palestine...so Turkey and EU are best served with Turkey being out of EU...for all in Turkey, the cyprus issue was 'resolved' in 1974

    • Anonymous
      Simon Rating:
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      #3 18, 51, Tue, May 31 2011

      Meat is funny :-) We all know the Turks are DESPERATE to join the EU, but because they know their country is 500 years behind you get idiots like 'meat' pretending they don't want the EU :-) Lol.... Turkey can join the Axis of Evil along with Iran, Syria, the Palestinians, Hamas. Turkey is an Islamic state after all.

      Meat, you should change your name to 'pork' ;-)

    • Anonymous
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      #2 17, 39, Tue, May 31 2011

      It seems you have pure meat instead of brain. :)

    • Anonymous
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      #1 16, 39, Tue, May 31 2011

      Stupid idiots greeks think we need the bankrupt EU. Im glad we dont join as we wold just end up funding your bailout. Sooner Cyprus is united with all Turk lands the better. Good riddence EU your time is ending especially Greece which is soon to suffer a military take over haha.

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