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TRNC News Today 24th November 2014 – Anastasiades’ brilliant geostrategic adviser

TRNC News Today 24th November 2014

Anastasiades’ brilliant geostrategic adviser

By Loucas CharalambousLoucas Charalambous

(Sunday Mail. 23 Kasım 2014)

I think I may need to seek the help of a psychiatrist. Some of our president’s incurable obsessions have been pushing me to the brink of madness. One of these is appointments, which he engages in with carefree abandon; his all-time favourite verb is ‘appoint’.

It does not matter whether the committees, sub-committees and councils that he thinks up are needed, nor how much they cost.  This does not interest him, as long as can keep appointing people to new positions. Every appointment is measured in votes (10, 15 or 20) for the next presidential elections.

In September he set up, with much fanfare, a new body – the ‘Council of Geostrategic Studies’. So far he has appointed 15 people, most of whom I have not heard of before.  I mention all this because last Sunday one of the members of this council, Dr Eleni Stavrou, who was also appointed presidential advisor for Middle East affairs, published a ‘geostrategic’ analysis in Alithia which, if taken seriously, should force us to leave the country.

“The Strait (of the Dardanelles), is rendered a hundred percent useless if Greece, from the Aegean, closes their exit or their southern opening,” Anastasiades_3wrote the talented advisor of Anastasiades, whose analysis was a politico-military letter on how Cyprus and Greece would bring Turkey to its knees.

In short, bankrupt Greece, which needs to borrow money from the troika in order to buy a boat, will go to the Dardanelles strait of Turkey – population 75 million and a standing army of 750,000 which makes it the second largest in the West – and close the southern opening with its fleet thus blockading Turkey, Russia, Ukraine, Romania and Bulgaria.

Once the southern opening of the strait is closed none would be able to get out of the Black Sea. and the Russian fleet will have to come all the way round and through Gibraltar to get to the Mediterranean. Unless of course the president’s geostrategic expert builds sliding doors at the southern opening which could be opened to allow all ships that were not Turkish to pass through.

Anastasiades is a lucky man that the famous Prussian theorist of war Carl von Clausewitz passed away two centuries ago. If he were around today he would have taken Anastasiades’ brilliant adviser to work for him. I do not know whether the learned Dr Stavrou knows what happened to the last person who tried her strategy (closing off the opening of the strait). Winston Churchill and his allied forces suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of the Ottoman in the Gallipoli campaign of 1915.

Also very interesting is what the formidable advisor wrote about Cyprus. “Israel, when  Turkey repudiated their ‘alliance’, resorted to Greek Cyprus to save, first of all, its ‘security’ and, as a secondary objective, its energy deposits… For the facing of the threat from Turkey, Cyprus constitutes for Israel, a shield, a parapet for the necessary ‘Fight of the Advanced Outposts of Battle’.

This would prevent the Turks from advancing fast and without casualties, not even to its (Israel’s) ‘official’ airspace  and territorial waters and its minimum territory in which it would fight with its back to the wall.”

Thankfully, “Greek Cyprus” has been found to save the ‘security’ of Israel from the threat of the Turk who is now on the retreat. Had Israel not sought our help, and if we had not saved it, it would have been in very big trouble now. It is a good thing the geostrategic advisor of the president mentioned all this as we could now – in this time of great poverty – seek monetary reward from Israel for having saved it from the clutches of Erdogan and became its ‘shield and parapet.’.

I need the psychiatrist to help me understand where and how our redoubtable president unearths these incredible talents that would save us and Israel from the Turk.  Clausewitz’s seminal book ‘On War’ has become obsolete, replaced by the theories of Anastasiades’ geostrategic expert.

Syrian Refugees are rescued

A Tanzanian flagged ship, named ‘Haj Zaher’, that was carrying Syrian refugees called for SOS the previous night with the danger of sinking and drifted to the north of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus’ s Tatlısu coast. The ship  was brought to Kyrenia Tourism port with a successful rescue operation by the TRNC and Turkish teams. The TRNC Coast Guard Command headquarters who received the mayday call the previous day, sent a boat from Kyrenia and two boats from Famagusta to the scene.  Turkey’s coast commander headquarters who received the same mayday call simultaneously sent  a search and rescue ship and another rescue ship to the area.  Also  a trade ship that was  in the area at the time was transferred to the scene.

Pictures courtesy of Mark Rumbelow

With the presidency of Security Force Commandership, the Coast Guard Commandership, the General Police Directorate, Civil Defense Force Headquarters and Ministry of Health officials an emergency meeting was coordinated and a crisis centre was formed.

Initially,  the search and rescue operation which was carried out by coast guards and trade ships failed because of the bad weather and sea conditions,  however later, the ship full of  refugees was backed up by  Search and Rescue ship ‘TCSG UMUT’ from the Republic of Turkey, and was pulled  to Kyrenia Tourism port on 23 November 2014.

There were 235 refugees on the ship of which  25 were children and 19 were from Iraq  . The refugees were later taken and placed in Kyrenia Ertuğrul Apakan indoor sports hall where they were given hot meals and blankets and other needs were provided by the Civil Defense authorities.

 Yesterday, in compliance with the  international rules, 19 Iraqi and 216 Syrian refugees were sent back  to Mersin, where they came from.

10 people among which there were pregnant women and sick people and their relatives were kept in the TRNC for further health care.

BIDEN: “USA supports efforts for uniting the island under the UN leadership”

US Vice President Joe Biden said: “USA supports efforts for uniting the island, as a bi-communal and bi-zonal federation under Joe Bidenthe UN leadership.”

Biden also said: “If there is political will at present, there is a potential for a solution which will be for the benefit of the region including Turkey and all the people in the island.  In order to achieve this it is necessary to decrease  tension and return to the negotiation table.”

After the working dinner he had with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan ,Biden made statements to  press members and  said they also discussed Cyprus and added that: “If the substantial energy potential of the Eastern Mediterranean is considered,  the rewards of a common future with the cooperation of both communities are very high”

Head of Religious Affairs Department organized a visit to Hala Sultan Tekke Mosque

Head of Religious Affairs Department organized a religious visit to Hala Talip AtalaySultan Tekke Mosque which is  in Larnaca, South Cyprus.  Nearly one thousand people participated in the visit organized on Friday within the agreement reached between  the Head of Religious Affairs Department – Prof. Dr. Talip Atalay and the Archbishop of the Greek Orthodox Church II. Hrisostomos.  Prayers  were said,  Salavat were performed and the religious duties were fulfilled due to the Month of Muharrem.

Head of Religious Affairs Department  – Dr.Atalay indicated that the most important reason of this visit is the Month of Muharrem.  Atalay emphasized that they are spending efforts  to contribute for the living of the two peoples in peace, tranquillity, cooperation and dialogue.

Source: TRNC Public Information Office