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17 April 2014, Thursday
 
 
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Polish PM: No threats over Greek Cyprus' EU presidency

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19 April 2012, Thursday /AP
Turkey must not threaten or try to undermine Greek Cyprus' European Union presidency once the divided island assumes the bloc's helm in July, Poland's prime minister said Wednesday.

Donald Tusk said after meeting with Greek Cypriot leader Dimitris Christofias in Nicosia that any attempt to weaken Greek Cyprus' EU presidency would be perceived as a bid to weaken the bloc itself.

Cyprus was split in 1974 when Turkey intervened after a coup by supporters of union with Greece. Ongoing, UN-facilitated talks to reunify the island's Turkish Cyprus and internationally recognized Greek Cyprus have made little tangible progress since they began in 2008.

Greek Cyprus joined the EU in 2004, but only the south enjoys membership benefits.

Turkey, an EU membership candidate, doesn't recognize Greek Cyprus as a sovereign country and has threatened to freeze its relations with the bloc if the island takes over the presidency before a reunification accord is reached.

Turkish Cypriot President Derviş Eroğlu has said that there would be no point in carrying on with talks after June, but Christofias insists that negotiations ought to continue even during the Greek Cypriot EU presidency.

 
 
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@ all the Greek and and Turkish die-hards treating the Cyprus issue as they would a computer war game in the comfort of their homes. I have lived through a war and have seen the evil mankind can do to itself.War brings out the worst in humans. Massacres of Tohni, Maratha, Santalaris and Aloda were c...
simplesimon
The point is, Mark, the constitution was deliberately made not to work, in accordance with the Akritas plan, so that the TCs would be relegated to the minority status. If the treaties which created the ROC, and gave the TCs equal status, were now null and void, then so should the ROC have been. Inst...
Baris
@Mark please refrain yourself from personal attacks regarding my views about my country northern Cyprus. What I do in London has nothing to do with your big fat Greek noise! My argument is about how the Greek Cypriots committed horrific crimes against innocent Turkish Cypriots and got away with it. ...
LEVENT
@Baris - if you you are stating that the Constitution did not work, and it did not, how could you have 18% of the population overuling the rest? What are they currently protesting about in Syria and Bahrain, exactly the same where the minority are controlling the majority. Rip up the Republic of Cy...
Mark
@Mark, true, with that unlikely scenario (since both are NATO), also the Netherlands will be in big trouble, i am not suggesting it, i know it. I give todayszaman the permission to send my ip-address to the whoever wants it. I will tell the same to the police, in other words if you mess with Turkey,...
DutchTurk
@GR, Cyprus' EU membership is most definitely not sound. EU membership requires that all members must meet the Copenhagen criteria, which stipulates that members must have achieved political stability and must be able to implement democracy, rule of law, etc. But, ROC government has no control over ...
Baris
Turkish reasoning on Cyprus-'We stole it fair and square so what's the big deal?'
Yaacov
Mr. Tusk is indeed correct in stating that Turkey's efforts to undermine the upcoming EU presidency term of the legitimate and recognized by all as such, but Turkey, Republic of Cyprus, will be viewed as efforts aiming to undermine the union itself. As far as "plan B" is concerned, recognition of th...
Thessalonian
Kyproleon, and what you're omitting to mention is the fact that the TCs vetoed the tax law because they were refused by the GCs to take up thirty percent of the civil service posts, promised to them under the London-Zurich treaties. There was also a contention in the separate municipalities which th...
Baris
@LEVENT - you are always on the back foot on these blogs,with everybody attacking you. Could it be that your arguements are non-factual, nationalist propaganda that makes no sense in terms of logic, law and general social cohesion. worse still you sit in a coffee shop in London spouting all your h...
Mark
@GR, Cyprus' EU membership is most definitely not sound. EU membership requires that all members must meet the Copenhagen criteria, which stipulates that members must have achieved political stability and must be able to implement democracy, rule of law, etc. But, ROC government has no control over ...
Baris
@GR, ye ye ye bla bla bla what a load of rubbish. Your pathetic story hasn't been heard across the world yet! Not a single sanction on Turkey to back your sorrow story. I think you have forgotten Turkey is a Garantor for the safety of the Turkish Cypriots. This agreement states that a Garantor power...
LEVENT
@Uncle Billy, what a fool you are! KURDS DO NOT LIVE UNDER INTERNATIONAL SANCTIONS! And if they have been deprived from there basic human rights, why is there still over 14 million Kurds living in Turkey with a kurdish political party BDP in the Turkish parliament. One must be a complete idiot to ta...
LEVENT
@Tilo from Holland - just thought you should know that our friend DutchTurk has also stated on this site in various blogs he would burn down Dutch cities if ever there was an incident between Turkey and The Netherlands and he is one of the educated individuals. Maybe a little call to the Dutch Poli...
Mark
If Turkish Cypriots have been deprived of their human rights for the past 45 years, how about the deprivation of Kurdish human rights for the past 100 years in Turkiye? Turkish specialty, pick and choose the topics in history that you like, call it a fact and start believing in it. What a joke!
Uncle Billy
As sure as the sun rises in the morning, Cyprus will be united one day peacefully. The Turkish occupation will end as Turkey strives to become more European. How strange that only Turkey recognises the Northen part of Cyprus.There is no such Nation as Greek or Turkish Cyprus.There is only one Cyprus...
simplesimon
DutchTurk. Do you know that in turkey, to get a similar education as the one holland has given you for free, you will have to pay around$ 250 000 in tuition free. To see how you are bashing europe and at the same time living at their tax money is rather disturbing. You are not representing turkey in...
tilo from holland in turkey
Levent, nobody is forcing you to live on Cyprus other than your selves so I strongly suggest you return to Turkey where you belong where you’ll most likely fit in because here on Cyprus you have obviously been unsuccessful.
GR
In accordance with the UN under which the EU operates, Cyprus is NOT a divided country but an ILLEGALY OCCUPIED COUNTRY and that is why Cyprus?s EU membership was sound. The RoC is a nation and the Turkish Cypriots are a minority of this nation who are harboring and abetting the illegal invader i...
GR
And why does Turkey still want to join the EU? Isn't that sorry lot going bankrupt, one country after another? It is time for the Turks to get out of their obsession of becoming a distant province of the EU.
Shams
Levent do not accuse the Polish for selective memory when you are doing the same. You ommited to mention that Makarios suggested changing the constitution after the T/C leadership with the guidance of a foreign country, Turkey, would not vote the budgets for 3 years and in general they were blocking...
Kyproleon
Turkey damages its own image even further than it already has (with its ongoing illegal occupation of northern Cyprus, declaration of an illegal state, and gunboat diplomacy against Cyprus exploring its own EEZ) by making threats against Cyprus as it ascends to the rotating EU presidency in 2 months...
Paul
Turkey damages its own image even further than it already has (with its ongoing illegal occupation of northern Cyprus, declaration of an illegal state, and gunboat diplomacy against Cyprus exploring its own EEZ) by making threats against Cyprus as it ascends to the rotating EU presidency in 2 months...
Paul
I agree with the critical comments below, but as someone working in the EU, I can understand why the Polish PM is forced to say what he does. Member states always have to be loyal to each other before anything else - but when that is said, it is well-known that many EU-leaders regret Greek Cypriot m...
jbenin
To the one who likes using my nick, i don't get any welfare check. But i do love Turkiye, your D... right about that. But your that weak and pathetic you can't even use arguments, i feel sorry for you goofy :))
DutchTurk
Well, regardless of this issue, I stay in Holland. Someone who has read all my hate comments against Europe might wonder why? Well, I love Turkey, but the wellfare cheques are better in Holland.
DutchTurk
Polish MP has a short memory! wasn't the state of affairs destroyed by the Greek Cypriots when they launched a sustained attack on Turkish Cypriots in December 1963, wasn't it  the Greek Cypriot leader Archbishop Makarios unilaterally and illegally repealed the Cyprus Constitution as part of his cam...
LEVENT
It is not the fault of Greek Cypriots that stupid EU allowed the entry of half of a country (Cyprus) into the EU. Surely, this should not have taken place until the island became united. The exclusion of the Turkish Cypriots from the democratic process in Cyprus and in the EU is a crime.
AliA
The Polish PM is ignorant and uneducated about Cyprus to say the least. Turkish Cypriots have been deprived of their fundamental human rights for the past 45 years. THIS IS NOTHING BUT TURKISH CYPRIOT BASHING WITH A SPRINKLE OF DIRTY GREEK CYPRIOT POLITICAL TACTICS. I hope Turkey damages the image o...
LEVENT
The EU has a long list of what member states should fulfill in order to be accepted as a member state, what on earth was the EU thinking to accept a geographically divided country. The EU accepted South Cyprus, now they should come with a solution. You can't close your eyes for the fact that also Tu...
DutchTurk
@ Christoph: It's interesting that you bash Turkey for refusing to partake in matters with the EU while the presidency in Greek Cyprus happy runs along, all the while GC is in violation of the EU's own policy. What part of divided island do you not understand? WHY has GC refused to make any progress...
Cherokee
@Christoph, Watching my grandad pick his noise is more interesting then reading your comments! Please change your rhythm. ITS BORING!
LEVENT
Turkey is right to stop the (already stalled process) as Greek Cyprus would try to use its leverage as EU president to get its way and has anyway showed no will to create a win-win situation on the island. They just want everything or nothing. GC's strategy is in complete shatters. Turkey still want...
jbenin
Turkey's foreign policy with respect to Cyprus is not only farcical and ridiculous, it's illegal and belligerent. Davutoglu demonstrates once again he's totally unqualified for the position of FM and every policy he's initiated has been an abject failure.
Christoph
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