Peace in our Times – 1974 to 2014
By Chris Elliott
Almost a week ago we saw an outpouring of emotion and joy as hundreds and thousands of Turkish Cypriots and Turks celebrated Peace and Freedom Day in North Cyprus and no more so than in the early hours of the morning of 20th July at 2.30am when so many people gathered at Escape Beach, Alsancak to remember those young men from Turkey who gave their lives in mounting a peace operation “Atilla” to liberate Turkish Cypriots from the tyranny they had been enduring for so many years in Cyprus whilst the world stood by and took no decisive action to stop the bloodshed.
Much has been said and written about those sad times but in this modern world opinion has been manipulated into believing that history started on the 20th July 1974 when a so-called “invasion” was mounted by Turkey. Strange that President Makarios stood before the UN on the 19th July 1974 and stated that my country Cyprus has been invaded by Greece aided by the terrorist organisation EOKA B and action is needed by the United Nations to safeguard the safety of both Turkish and Greek citizens of this island.
Perhaps our readers would like to watch the following video which can be found on Youtube that puts into perspective what really happened all those years ago but whatever the reasons for the peace operation being mounted by Turkey in 1974, Cyprus really has enjoyed “Peace in Our Times” from 1974 to 2014.
To read the full speech by President Makarios to the UN please click here and for those that are not aware of it, do please also read the Cyprus Akritis Plan which was formulated to plan for the removal of all Turkish Cypriots from Cyprus and is attached to an article by Ersu Ekrem titled “The Cyprus Catch 22” click here.
To read and experience the emotion of the Dawn Vigil on 20th July 2014 please click here
We apologise to the Association of Turkish Cypriots Abroad (ATCA) for a misunderstanding in placing a link to an unofficial Youtube upload of their video Homeland on Youtube in this article and in view of copyright restrictions this video link has now been removed.
To learn more of ATCA, they can be found on Facebook by clicking here