Letter from America…..
By Roger L Jennings…..
The dispute between Greek and Turkish Cypriots could be settled by the US in two days, but the US takes no action.
The US has been represented by A. Wes Mitchell of the US State Department who just resigned and Jonathan Cohen before Mitchell. Both sold their souls to the Greek Cypriots. Give the Greeks credit.
The Greeks have lived by the guile of their diplomacy since the year 1453, and are the best diplomats in the world. The proof is they have the UN and EU completely supporting Greek positions.
The Greeks have only one objective. Pursuant to the Megali Idea, the Greeks want all Turks to either leave Cyprus or to be subordinate to the Greeks. That is unrealistic.
Secretary Pompeo is pre-occupied with North Korea, China, Russia and other issues. He is not involved in the Cypriot dispute. With Mitchell now out of the way, the US Ambassador in south Cyprus could contact Secretary Pompeo requesting action to bring peace and prosperity for all Cypriots. Does she have the initiative?
The US State Department is a huge bureaucracy rather than the residence of diplomats. If Mitchell, Cohen, and others had ever taken Diplomacy 101 in school, they would understand that both Greece and Turkey are allies of the US. Therefore, the role of the US should be to mediate disputes without taking the side of one country. As soon as the US takes one side, the US alienates the other side. Can the US Ambassador in south Cyprus separate herself from the bureaucracy by contacting a Republican Secretary of State?
If you want to work for the US Federal Government, have a long, successful career, and get promoted, you have to support the Democratic Party. So employees of the State Department, including the Ambassador to south Cyprus, are just waiting for a Democrat to be elected as President. President Trump’s election was a rejection of the Democrats by the American people. The only question is whether he will drain the Swamp of Democrats to restore democratic traditions. The answer will come from the new Attorney General, William Barr. However, Mr. Barr will not be looking at the US position in Cyprus.
Each nation has its own persona. The French are very different from Germans. The French and Germans are very different from the British. The three are very different from the Japanese. Turks are very different from Greeks. Turks are a resolute people, the kind who would not give ground to the Allies at Gallipoli. You should never challenge a Turk, because they will never submit.
President Trump does not like the UN or EU. He also does not have anyone advising him about the history and issues of Cyprus. He is ignorant about Cyprus. However, he belongs to the American nation. The American nation supports the oppressed. The TRNC is oppressed. Currently President Trump is supporting the people of Venezuela along with 65 other countries in their attempt to remove the dictator Maduro from office. The UN still supports Maduro.
Daily the TRNC Government blames the Greeks for the problems of Cyprus. The TRNC officials have attended more meetings and given more speeches than anyone can count, but the problem has not been moved one centimeter. TRNC officials have been contacted numerous times about steps that would resolve the disputes between north and south Cyprus, but have been unresponsive. The suggestion of an outsider is like a confrontation to a Turkish official. They are resolute to do nothing on behalf of the Turkish Cypriot people. They defend their ground like it is Gallipoli.
The solution is quite simple. The TRNC or US Ambassador through the Secretary of State should ask President Trump to appoint an envoy as the President’s personal representative. The person should be knowledgeable in the history of relations between Greece and Turkey, and the issues in Cyprus. President Trump, unlike all the other US Presidents, will take immediate action.
The action to take is for the US and TRNC to establish mutual diplomatic relations and commercial trade. The OIC countries will do the same. The TRNC will get economically stronger. The incomes of Turkish Cypriots will increase, and the TRNC will no longer have its hand out begging for financial support from Turkey. The TRNC will strengthen its own identity.
The TRNC Government will not ask for help like the soldiers at Gallipoli, or Ismet Inonu at Eskisehir. The Greek Army at Eskisehir was about to wipe out the Turkish Army. The Turkish Army was only saved, because Gazi Mustafa Kemal ordered his good friend to retreat to fight another day at the Sakarya River. There is no Gazi in the TRNC, or official who has learned from the Gazi. The Turkish Cypriot persona is preventing peace and prosperity from developing in the TRNC.
Until someone figures out how to contact President Trump so the plight of the Turkish Cypriot people can be addressed, both north and south Cyprus are at great risk.