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Cyprus offers proposal to Turkey to end the Cyprus dispute

Cyprus, are you kidding?

By Chris Elliott

The weeks and months have gone by with much talk of having a UN backed meeting for both sides to meet to try and resolve the 50 year old Cyprus issue and consistently we have seen much rhetoric and reasons for delaying the meeting coming from the Cyprus Republic.

North Cyprus and Turkey have been very consistent, with their resolve and support, to create an atmosphere where the Peace Talks can start and move in an orderly fashion through discussion by the Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot representatives to a peaceful solution that gives equality and consideration toThe Negotiations Cannot Resume image both sides and reaches a final settlement after 50 years of wasted opportunities.

So is it any surprise to learn that the Greek Cypriot administration has now made an offer to Turkey that Turkish ports and airports be opened to Greek Cypriot ships and planes and in return Cyprus will unblock Turkey’s EU accession process.

In addition Cyprus is calling for Varosha/ Maras to be handed over by Turkey to UN control so it can be used by Greek shipping but did we hear any mention of Cyprus allowing direct flights into Ercan? An agreement to these pre-meeting terms will then presumably enable the meeting to be held.

Is it any wonder that Turkey and North Cyprus, who want a meeting that discusses and agrees a complete settlement of all of the Cyprus issues, are rejecting these pre-meeting demands. So if Cyprus cannot regain property and territory and control of the island, what else does it want.

With the current deadlock and unfair membership of the European Union perhaps Cyprus  has all it needs and can continue to disadvantage the Turkish Cypriots and we may be waiting a long time before we see signs of a willingness by them to reach a peaceful and just solution that respects the equality of both sides.

To learn more of this latest twist and turn in the long road to having a meeting between both sides, do read the following articles that detail the  latest offer from the Republic of Cyprus.

EUROPE – Greek Cyprus sets terms for lifting EU block.

Greek Cyprus offers proposal to Turkey to end Cyprus dispute | Cyprus | World Bulletin.

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  1. During 1963-1974 Greek Cypriots applied ethnic cleansing towards Turkish Cypriots.
    Then–United Nations Secretary General, U Thant’s S/5950 (10 September 1964) report (paragraph 180): “UNFICYP carried out a detailed survey of all damage to properties throughout the island during the disturbances; it shows that in 109 villages, MOST OF THEM TURKISH-CYPRIOT or mixed villages, 527 houses have been destroyed while 2,000 others have suffered damage from looting.”

    Only in December 1963-September 1964 period (i.e. within just 1 year), 109 Turkish Cypriot villages were looted and later destroyed completely. During 1964-1974, the Turkish Cypriots suffered more and more.

    In 15.07.1974, Greek Cypriots declared HELLENIC REPUBLIC OF CYPRUS and planned to kill the remaining Turkish Cypriots.

    NONE of the barbaric brutal Greek Cypriots who killed and applied ethnic cleansing towards Turkish Cypriots were punished till now.
    Forget being punished, those Greek Cypriots were even awarded and honorized by Greek Cypriot administrations continuously till now.

    • Thank you for your comments Alexy, what you say is very meaningful and appropriate and not many people want to be reminded of it let alone accept the truth of what happened. Do please have a look at the article on our website about The Destruction of Historic and Cultural heritage in the Cyprus Heritage. Please follow this link to view and also share it with your friends as it is important that the truth be told and understood by as many people as possible -http://cyprusscene.com/2013/09/03/the-destruction-of-historic-and-cultural-heritage-in-cyprus/