British Minister of State’s Comments Outrage Cyprus



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The position expressed by the British Minister of State, Baroness Joyce Anelay, regarding measures that should be taken in order to lessen the so-called “isolation” of the Turkish-Cypriot community, has caused the fierce reaction of Cypriot Parliament President Yiannakis Omirou. As he underlined, the Republic of Cyprus is ready to proceed with strict initiatives after the “unacceptable” comments.

Addressing reporters, after chairing a cabinet meeting at the Presidential Palace in Nicosia, Omirou, who is currently the acting President of the Republic of Cyprus, revealed that the Baroness’ comments were discussed at the cabinet. According to local media, the Baroness expressed the above opinion while replying to a letter by a member of the House of Lords concerning the direct trade between the occupied part of Cyprus and European Union member-states.

Omirou said it was “a highly provocative statement that cancels and negates both the status of Britain as a guarantor of the sovereignty of the Republic of Cyprus and is in clear violation of the Security Council resolutions 541 and 550,” adopted after the illegal unilateral declaration of the pseudo-regime in the occupied northern part of Cyprus. Furthermore, he declared that “strict complaints will be made by the High Commissioner of the Republic of Cyprus in London over this unacceptable statement and Britain’s stance, as well as from the Cypriot Foreign Ministry to the British High Commission.” Britain, “unfortunately continues a subversive behavior towards the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of the Republic of Cyprus, in blatant violation of its obligations as a guarantor of the Republic of Cyprus,” he added.

Answering to reporters’ questions regarding the measures to be taken, Omirou said that these will be discussed and decided in order to make Britain understand it cannot behave in such a manner with no consequences for its interests and itself. It should be noted that Britain currently maintains two sovereign bases in Cyprus. One is located in Akrotiri and the other in Dhekelia, and they were both established in 1960 when Cyprus gained its independence from the United Kingdom.

Cyprus, which is a part of the European Union since 2004, has been violently divided since 1974, after a brutal Turkish invasion and the following occupation of its northern lands or 37% of its territory. On its part, Turkey has repeatedly denied to recognize the Republic of Cyprus, despite numerous calls by international institutions and the European Union, which Ankara aims to join. At the same time, numerous United Nations-backed negotiations in order to reunite the island under a federal government have failed. In October 2014, the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades, suspended his participation in the peace talks following a NAVTEX (Navigational Telex) issued by Turkey for the conduction of hydrocarbons research in Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone by seismic vessel “Barbaros,” escorted by a number of Turkish Navy ships.


16 COMMENTS

  1. You can get the Colonist out of Cyprus but you can’t get Cyprus out of the Colonist. Ignorance is not a disability.

  2. Suggest you read about the Greek Civil War. If it wasn’t for Britain Greece would have fallen under the sphere of the Soviets.

  3. It is time for the Russians to build a base next to the bases operated by the British at Akrotiri and Dhekelia. That should put the wind up the British and their friends in Ankara and Washington.

  4. You are an enemy of Hellenism with your ridiculously provocative statements.

    Without the Battle of Navarino, when the British Royal Navy destroyed a key Ottoman fleet, Greece would still be a province.

    Without Britain’s Lord Byron, who died in Messolonghi, Greece’s independence would have questionable.

    British writers have expressed more pro-Greek sentiments than any other nation, and it is thanks to British scholars that studies of Byzantium, Modern Greek literature and modern Greek history have flourished.

    Without Britons such as Sir Arthur Evans and many others, Greece’s classical past would be left buried and unknown.

    What have YOU done to support Hellenism? Nothing.

  5. Goldman Sachs are American, not British.

    And why should a Greek be deported to Britain for expressing appreciation for British scholars who have shed light on Greek culture?

    And why is the British family, including Prince Philip of Greece, satanic? It’s one thing to be a republican and it’s quite another to label people as ‘satanic.’

    Without Britain, modern Greece would not even be a nation state. Read your history.

  6. Not true. People like YOU, who have done nothing to promote the Greek cause expect spread discord, are the dean enemies of the Greek people.

  7. Yes, Mr Ali. Cyprus should kick the Brits out and allow Turkey’s Caliph and ISIS set up a base on the island … in case you are dreaming, this will NEVER happen and the Cypriot people will live in peace with the help of a valued ally.

  8. Why should Greece and Cyprus trust Russia given its history of failing to keep its promises?

    Russia has always let Greece and Cyprus down.

    Some quick examples: during the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus, Moscow quietly sided with Turkey, seeking to weaken NATO.

    During Greece’s civil war, Stalin promised help to the Greek communists but at Yalta had agreed with Britain and the USA that Greece would be in the Western sphere of influence, thus betraying Greece’s naive EAM/ELAS communists.

    In the 1700s, Czarina Katherine of All Russia promised Greeks in the Peloponnese help in ridding them of the Ottoman Turkish Muslim yoke and called on them to rebel against the Turks … the Peloponesians believed the Russians and rebelled, but no Russian fleet or help arrived, and thousands of Greek civilians were slaughtered by Ottoman troops.

  9. The problem with Greece has been ever since independence is that they have been ruled by Kings like Otto. King Otto was not patriotic. He was Bavarian and a Lutheran who stood against the Greek people’s will.

  10. I would not agree with your statement. The British secretly don’t give a damn about the Greeks. They just try to say that so they can please us.

  11. I would support the idea of removing British bases out of Cyprus in a heartbeat. The Brits should remove every base from Cyprus. Then the British can go out and play rugby and get drunk like most Brits. Hahaha! One more message to the Brits. Do you remember 1776?

  12. I know what you are trying to say. The US and the UK love Turkey more. Why? I don’t know. For some reason Turkey matters more to the US then Greece.

  13. The British never shed light in Greek culture if anything they enriched theirs by adopting ours.But through their history they fervently tried and in some cases succeeded to colonize certain parts of our country.And if we encouraged their admissions we might have been one of their provinces fighting for independence.

  14. I fully agree.They only give a damn about our inheritance.They can’t have enough of that.A look at the British museum will persuade any one.

  15. I have read much and while there were Brits who were always supportive, do not forget what Churchill said and did to the Ellines in that Civil War. My father was in AThens and saw it at first hand