Greek Cypriots and Dr. Solana

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Greek Cypriots and Dr. Solana

Postby nonymouse on Thu Jan 25, 2007 10:15 pm

Farmer wrote (previous thread):

Turkey is a special story as it is such a different culture...
Already since 1999 they take part in the mentioned negotiation rounds as a Candidate.

The interesting thing is, that it was the EU then who asked the Turks to come and not the other way round.

In december 1999 (on his post fresh arriving) HR Solana, with Verheugen and the Finish Foreign Minister flew to Ankara to get the Turkish Prime minister Ecevit to fly with them back to Helsinki and to sign the Candidacy paper. It happened within a spontaneous action in one day. Solana spoke with the Turkish prime minister just 15 minutes in Ankara at midnight, before they took the plane back to Helsinki.

"Last minute negotiations

Turkey initially hesitated before accepting the demands imposed by EU governments, but agreed after Mr Solana travelled to Ankara on Friday.

After a brief meeting in Ankara with Mr Ecevit, a relieved-looking Mr Solana, the EU's top foreign-affairs envoy, said "we have a yes". "
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/560086.stm


Interesting post, Farmer. Would you say the above has not exactly endeared Dr. Solana to the Greek Cypriots? [Believe there is a passage in scripture that the "ships of Chittam" (Greece) eventually come against the a/c.]

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Postby farmer on Tue Jan 30, 2007 9:13 pm

Sorry for time of absence...answer:
Turkey's occupation of northern Cyprus since 1974. Cyprus also wanted EU membership, but its candidature is marred by the territorial dispute with Turkey. In declaring that Turkey is at last a candidate, the EU leaders said it would consider Cyprus's application without it "being a precondition" that the territorial row with Turkey is first resolved.
Cyprus received membership on May 1st, 2004 and Turkey since then faces hard critics from the EU because of their behaviour towards Cyprus.
Also, if Turkey wants to be a member it would have to also meet tough criteria on human rights, including its treatment of the Kurds.
So Cyprus is OK with Solana I guess.
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Postby nonymouse on Tue Jan 30, 2007 11:29 pm

Thank you, Farmer. Hope all is well.

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Postby farmer on Wed Jan 31, 2007 10:21 am

Thanks Nony, everything is fine!
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P.S. Question back: the ships of Chittam, can they just come from Greece or Greek Cyprus?
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Postby nonymouse on Wed Jan 31, 2007 1:23 pm

We at FP have all learned to appreciate our European friend, Freiberg Björn -- better known as Farmer. Not only being well informed regarding the inner political workings of Europe, Björn is a translator and we have been blessed many times with his language skills. I asked Björn if he would consider having his own forum where we could ask him questions about Europe and the European Union. Björn agreed!!

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Postby farmer on Wed Jan 31, 2007 6:18 pm

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Postby farmer on Thu Feb 01, 2007 9:36 pm

TODAYS Turkish news comment.........by chance?

"Provocation by Greek Cypriots, a ‘fait accompli’ and ‘casus belli’ "

"...While Turkey’s peaceful attitude was apparent throughout the March 1, 2003 vote [against a bill allowing US troops to use bases in Turkey to support its invasion of Iraq], its facilitator role for negotiation on the Israel-Palestine conflict and its “Alliance of Civilizations” project along with its efforts to rehabilitate the conflict areas threatening the world were sincerely appreciated.
However, the recent peace moves Turkey has been arduously pursuing have obviously been misinterpreted by certain countries. Even though they rejected the Annan plan, which had been the most serious chance of establishing peace and resolving the problem, the Greek Cypriots were accepted into the European Union (despite the Turkish Cypriots’ acceptance of the plan), and upon being accepted as the only legal representative of the island, they took the bit between the teeth.
This approach of Turkey, which has recently followed a path of reconciliation and has always been a step or two ahead, was apparently misleading to the Greek Cypriots..."

http://www.todayszaman.com/tz-web/yazar ... rno=101777
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Postby nonymouse on Sat Feb 03, 2007 7:07 pm

Certainly Turkey will not remain a passive spectator while the Greek Cypriot administration is preparing to usurp about 8 billion barrels (approximately $400 billion worth -- as research conducted by a Norwegian oil company revealed) of crude oil reserves around the island. Adding one more “casus belli” to the list would not make much difference for Turkey, but such a development would be of vital consequences for the Greek Cypriot administration, even if it is an EU member.


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