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The living dead of the Cyprus tragedy


ASCENDING the hill on the way to the Nicosia International Airport, the landscape is so beautiful it looks good enough to eat. After five years of drought, the heavens have opened up, filling the fields with wildflowers straddling the edge of the road, right up to the tarmac road.

Fragile structure of AKEL-DIKO coalition crumbles


NOTHING IS as it was any longer in the relationship between AKEL and DIKO after the results in DIKO's leadership elections. The crushing superiority achieved by the “Tassists” in all the party's collective instruments annuls the policy of equilibrium followed so far by DIKO chairman Marios Garoyian.


Petros Souppouris

“I want no vengeance,” says man who saw his family massacred


Today, the deceased members of the Liasis family, one of two families nearly annihilated in Palekythro village during the fiery August of 1974 will be finally laid to rest. The funeral of the other family will be held soon. The Liasis and Souppouris families, who came from the village of Palekythro in Mesaoria, lost most of their relatives when Turkish Cypriot extremists stood 22 innocent civilians, most of them women and young children, before a firing squad and shot them.

50 years since the signing of the Zurich-London agreements

Five seconds that decided Cyprus’ future


THIS MONTH marks the fiftieth anniversary of the London-Zurich agreements for the establishment of the Republic of Cyprus. With these agreements, Enosis (union with Greece) was officially abandoned, though it had been the stated aim of the armed struggle by EOKA. Cyprus had instead become an independent state, in which the Greek Cypriot majority was to share power with the Turkish Cypriot community.

A witch hunt over an imaginary play


THE ONSLAUGHT against the headmistress of the Rizokarpasso high school Lucie Lysandrou bears all the hallmarks of a mini “ambient atmosphere” campaign. Lysandrou came under attack because of a play that was deemed to be “treasonous” by Pontiki newspaper, DIKO deputy Zacharias Koulias, EDEK’s Giorgos Varnava, and Nikos Falas, the self-professed representative of Karpas refugees.

Wanted: Greek Actor with a Conscience


DEMANDS that the recent statements by Turkish actor Attila Olgaç be exploited politically have now become universal. The government has already announced that they will raise the matter with the Permanent Representatives Committee of the Council of Europe and seek to secure Turkey’s condemnation on war crimes. I am afraid that once more we are being guided by emotion at the expense of reason.

The truths and lies regarding the intercommunal clashes of 1963-1964

How teachers flunked history test


THE MINISTER of Education’s recent circular, issued on January 19, Archbishop Makarios’ name day, has reignited the debate about who is to blame for the intercommunal clashes of 1963-64, which led to the collapse of the Zurich-London agreements. Minister Andreas Demetriou points out that the clashes were provoked by “outlaw and extremist organisations, both Greek and Turkish Cypriot.” This very general reference to an historical event occurring 45 years ago incurred the wrath of members of political parties (other than the Left), the Church and that section of the media that maintains that what happened in 1963 was a Turkish mutiny instigated by foreign centres of power, and that the Greek Cypriots were merely resisting as a legitimate state.

Zurich - from curse to blessing in disguise


TODAY, October 1st, like every year, is a holiday. Most of us have the day off to celebrate our country's independence. Yet few of us recall that, according to the constitution, the Republic of Cyprus is a bicommunal state with a Greek President and a Turkish Vice President (the Constitution makes no mention of Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, only of Greeks and Turks), a Council of Ministers consisting of 7 Greeks and 3 Turks, and a mixed House of Representatives, with seats divided between the two communities in the same proportion.

"Follow the Money"


Michalis Ignatiou, offering a different perspective to the so-called "revelations" printed by O Fileleftheros, alleging that bribes had been paid during the period leading to the 2004 referendum, wrote on 12 August that a certain unscrupulous gentleman "had put his little finger in the USAID-UNOPS honey pot."  Despite the fact that Ignatiou wrote of a "small gift" and a "little finger," the conspiracy that O Fileleftheros' reputable correspondent denounces is of awesome dimensions, as he continues to explain in his report.

Black Dollars or Black Propaganda?


On the eve of the start of direct negotiations on 3 September, the pro-Tassos Papadopoulos camp is striving to revive the "Ambient Atmosphere" period of 2004.  Last Sunday  the Athens newspaper Ethnos carried a front-page report titled "The Black Dollars for a YES to the Annan Plan" and O Fileleftheros in Nicosia printed an identical item, both carrying the signature of their Washington-based correspondent Michalis Ignatiou, according to which the "United States set up a mechanism for uncontrolled funding through the United Nations."

Mehmet Ali Talat on the negotiations

"There is chemistry between us"


Since the day Demetris Christofias was elected as president, the Cyprus issue has come out of its stage of hibernation.  More has taken place during the past three months than the last four years.  Nevertheless, progress is moving at a snail's place.  Two steps forward, one step back.  The same applies to the prevailing climate, sometime it is cold, sometime warm.

The last Greek Cypriot living in Kyrenia


IN 1960 Kyrenia was a small market town with just 3,000 inhabitants, of which only 100 were Turkish. Today everything has changed. From above, Kyrenia looks like a large city: all its northern shores have been built-up and the town has joined up with large villages along its northern shores, inhabitation now runs dozens of kilometres east and west of the city

The mass media as part of the Cyprus Issue


AS FAR as the Cyprus issue is concerned, the end of the line has been reached. The national issue of Cyprus is about to round the last bend. It's difficult to foresee what the end will be. What is certain is that, with or without a solution, the Cyprus issue is reaching a conclusion. No solution means partition, and the worst possible form of partition at that.

8th July Agreement: a political fraud


The motto "crucial for the Cyprus issue" has been used ad nauseam. Nonetheless, 2008 could perhaps still prove to be the most crucial one since 1974.   During the new year we are either going to glimpse a faint possibility for a solution or the Cyprus issue will be, de facto, closed.

Who needs the truth when you can make things up?

The truth behind the ‘Fried statements’


DOZENS OF articles have been printed in both the Cypriot and the Greek press about a statement allegedly made by Daniel Fried, US Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs. Fried was appointed to his present position on May 5, 2005 having previously served as Senior Director for European and Eurasian Affairs at the National Security Council since January 22, 2001.

Is Turkey’s crisis proof we were right to say ‘no’?


EACH time Turkey is going through a crisis, there is a renewal of the argument that it would never have implemented the Annan plan and, therefore, a solution based on it was far from being a guaranteed option. The manner in which this argument has been used by those who had stoutly supported a ‘no’ vote contains a number of contradictions.

Watch Turkey from a distance – nothing else


THE CONFLICT between Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the Turkish Army is now an undisputed fact. The crisis, however, has its roots in the past and dates back to the day when Erdogan changed his policy on the Cyprus issue immediately after his AKP party gained power. The difference was that in Cyprus the prevailing view at the time was that this change was nothing more than a communications ploy, staged with the army’s agreement.

The collapse of the illusions


ONE of the main reasons behind the Greek Cypriots’ rejection of the Annan Plan was the impact of the argument that after its accession to the European Union, Cyprus, as a full member, would be in an advantageous position and thus able to achieve a “European solution” of the Cyprus issue, in other words to reverse the 1974 fait accompli

The “guilty silence” about the CIA funds


Two years ago, President Tassos Papadopoulos formulated his, by now notorious, theory of the "ambient atmosphere" and accused persons and organizations in Cyprus of receiving bribes from the United States in order to support the Annan Plan.  Investigations have proved that the charges were completely groundless and were based on a distorted interpretation on the report prepared by Nathan Associates, a company retained by the US Government with the task of assessing the financial help granted to Cyprus by the United States.

Koutsou, as in MacCarthy


EVROKO deputy Nikos Koutsou requested a debate by the Parliamentary Ethics Committee on the subject of financing for the promotion of the Annan Plan.  This is a story that the government itself has fabricated.  No reliable evidence exists that could give rise to even a suspicion that the "Yes" vote was financed by the United States.  After all, the "No" campaign was so overwhelmingly superior, in both funds and other means, that if there were to be an investigation this is where it should start.

The coup d' etat in Cyprus:

The Ioannides Plan and its Consequences


Thirty two years after the Junta's coup d' etat in Cyprus, which paved the way for the Turkish invasion and partition, the approach to the causes of the Cyprus tragedy remains bound to the stereotypes: "The insane Athens Junta deposed President Makarios and opened the gates for the gates to the Turkish 'Attila'".

The CIA secret flights

The Cyprus Connection


The Council of Europe report on the issue of   CIA   flights for the ferrying of illegally-arrested terrorist suspects to secret prisons in Europe and elsewhere, has revealed that Cyprus was not a mere transit point, as the Cypriot Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been claiming, but a staging point for illegal operations.  It was in Cyprus, and specifically Larnaca Airport, where the planes and their crews were being prepared and the point where CIA agents in charge of the operations used to meet. 

A “black hole” absorbs the amounts paid by CIA


On Wednesday, 10 May 2006, the Government released a memo by the Auditor General with an account of the amounts paid by the United States for the facilities offered to its telecommunications installations in Cyprus and, specifically, for the FBIS radio station in Makedonitissa, which operates under the CIA.

Government mincing words on CIA funding

"Alchemies" - but under investigation


Government spokesman Giorgos Lillikas attempted yesterday, using many adjectives but no evidence whatever, to refute the content of an article published in Politis newspaper last Sunday, in relation to the opaque procedures of collection and administration of funds paid by the CIA in Cyprus, as compensation for the operation of communications installations in Makedonitissa and elsewhere.

Millions of dollars supplied by the USA since 1968 do not appear in any budget

CIA Black Funds to Cyprus


Millions of dollars supplied by the CIA to the government of Cyprus end up in secret accounts, outside state budgetary control, and are spent by opaque procedures for undisclosed purposes.  The payments are made in exchange for the operation of the American radio station in the Makedonitissa area of Nicosia (FBIS), and for the operation of other US communications infrastructure in Cyprus

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