Cyprus 1974. Europe 2025?
Cyprus has always been at the center of a geopolitical struggle of rival empires because of its strategic location, fertility and natural resources. It must be noted that the island’s name comes from “Cuprum” meaning copper. Over its dynamic history Cyprus has been under control of the Phoenicians, the Assyrians, Egyptians, Persians, the Hellenistic empire of Alexander the Great, the Ptolemaic dynasty, Roman Empire, Byzantine Empire (which by the way was a period of prosperity). Then Catholic dynasties ruled here - the Franks, the Knights Templars, the Lusignan dynasty, Genoa, Venice, the Ottoman Empire, and finally the British Empire, that has turned Cypriot Greeks and Turks into two fighting communities setting ground for subsequent partition of the island. In 1960 Cyprus has gained formal independence, but two large British military bases has remained ever since.
When I began to study this issue, I was immediately shocked by the scale of this tragedy. After the Turkish occupation of 40% of the territory of the island in 1974, one third of the Greek population - over 150,000 people have been driven from their homes, thousands were killed and are still missing. More than 100 churches were destroyed or converted into mosques. Blooming island was brutally divided by barbed wire, the capital of Nicosia became the second Berlin with the streets of the old town mutilated by ugly checkpoints.
But after talking with the Turkish Cypriots, I realized that they are very pleasant and friendly people, who have also suffered a lot in the 60s and 70s from the Greek nationalists. Over 50,000 were pushed from the south of the island with thousands of casualties. Since 1974, they are suffering under military occupation of Turkey, which turned northern Cyprus into an open air concentration camp guarded by 55 000 Turkish troops. While Americans got a comfortable zone for illegal and uncontrolled traffic of arms and drugs between Europe and the Middle East.
Due to their plight, Turkish Cypriots has even started a rebellion in 2003-2004. As a result, they have managed to change the nationalist anti-Greek course of the previous regime of President Denktash, who has actually ruled Northern Cyprus since 1974.
Today Cyprus is closer than ever to a peaceful settlement of the old conflict, because on both sides of the border there are leaders - Anastasiades and Akinci - who are ready to compromise and promise to reach agreement within months. They are also under pressure from the EU foreign minister Mogherini, who has visited Nicosia simultaneously with us and who has summarized "Now or never!"
The real reason for this persistence seems to be huge oil and gas reserves on the coastal shelf. The absence of a peace solution in Cyprus creates legal obstacles for transnational corporations operating in the interests of the global elites. Recent capitulation of the Greek President Tsipras, who had betrayed his people and who is under strong influence of the international financial oligarchy, creates favorable conditions for adopting in the nearest future of the so-called "peaceful solution in Cyprus." After all, Greece is now extremely weak, deprived of its sovereignty and is not able to help the Greek Cypriots.
Reunification of Cyprus is, of course, a good goal. But how exactly it is going to be implemented makes the whole difference. Greek politician and intellectual Dimitris Konstantakopoulos is convinced that it was necessary to reject the UN Secretary General Kofi Annan`s reunification plan at the Referendum of 2004. Because it would have legalized forever the unlawful Turkish occupation of 40% of the Greek island, and would have deprived Cyprus of real sovereignty, turning it into a colony of international oligarchy.
The Referendum of 2004 failed - 76% of Greek Cypriots voted against it, while 65% of Turkish Cypriots – voted in favor. That could be explained by the hope of the economically backward part of unrecognized Turkish zone to join the European Union. The main Greek part of Cyprus was experiencing a period of rapid economic growth in the 1980s and 1990s. However, after joining the EU in 2004 the situation has deteriorated, economic stagnation and crises culminated in the famous bank default of 2013. It was aimed mainly against Russian depositors, who have lost billions of euros and their influence in this former British colony has been reduced.
In addition to the ethnic and religious conflict, there is also a very strong and sometimes brutal fight between the left and the right within one ethnic group. According to the old “Divide and rule” principle the real behind the scenes rulers use and provoke those contradictions in order to prevent different political forces from uniting against their real common enemy - the global financial oligarchy that is imposing its will on the sovereign nations of the world.
Cyprus resembles a small litmus test, clearly showing all the contradictions and conflicts of the modern world - geopolitical, religious and ethnic. The fate of a small and once fully Christian Cyprus can become the future of all Europe, that is rapidly losing the remnants of its Christian identity. Systematic encouragement of the Muslim immigration is a conscious policy of the liberal anti-Christian founders of the European Union. They destroy the countries of the Middle East and North Africa in the name of the so called "democracy and human rights." This naturally leads to the inhuman life conditions and endless stream of refugees into Europe. And most of the refugees are innocent victims who are used by the powerful manipulators in order to achieve their hidden purposes. Cheap labor is beneficial for the big business and leads to dumping and wage cuts that is affecting the local labor force. But the leaders of the left movement, instead of protecting the deteriorating life standards of the workers, have embraced false ideologies of political correctness, multiculturalism, gender, environmentalism and constant self-humiliation of their own European identity.
Our investigation of the Cyprus conflict has led us to the conclusion that the Greeks are the victims, but so are the Turks. Right and left are constantly at war with each other. So who is to blame for this terrible tragedy?
The real reason is not the Turks and the Muslims, not the Greeks and the Christians, it`s neither right, nor left. The real perpetrators are those powerful forces, for whom it was beneficial to divide the people of Cyprus. We have obtained some allegedly declassified secret documents of the US State Department and NATO that clearly show that.
By 1974, Muslim Turks accounted for 20% of the population of Cyprus. British colonial policy has quarreled and separated Cypriots along the ethnic and religious lines, setting the stage for a civil war. In order to prevent the transition of Cyprus into the sphere of influence of the Soviet Union, the US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger has staged a coup d`etat and Turkish occupation of northern Cyprus in 1974. Americans have initiated the elimination of the "red bishop" and "Castro of the Mediterranean", as Kissinger used to call Archbishop Makarios - the President of Cyprus. Pro-American Greek military Junta was prompted by the US to commit a coup and overthrow Cypriot President. By that time Kissinger wanted to get rid of the Regime of the Colonels, which had already performed its main task of destroying a very strong communist movement in Greece. The US has misled the Greek Junta, making it clear to them that America would prevent any military action by Turkey. While in fact, they have actively encouraged Turkey to invade militarily. After the Turkish occupation of Northern Cyprus, the Greek Junta was overthrown in Greece on a wave of a popular discontent. It should be noted that the Junta failed to achieve the "final cure of Makarios' which was the US objective. He has miraculously survived, although he has been already declared dead on the national radio of Cyprus. Shortly after that, Makarios has spoken at the United Nations denouncing the coup and the Junta. Since then, the United Nations and two large British military bases maintain an endless process of the so-called "peace settlement in Cyprus…"
By 2025, the Muslim population of the main European countries will also be around 20%. And we can assume, that if the main liberal scenario fails, and traditionalist parties seeking sovereignty and alliance with Russia raise to power in the EU, then the Cyprus scenario could be realized in all of Europe.
Small Cyprus has many lessons for large Europe...
Nikos Koutsou - Member of the Parliament of Cyprus, Representative of Famagusta district. Brother of Fr. Efraim of Vatopedi Monastery
Marinos Sizopoulos - President of the Cyprus political party EDEK, movement of social-democrats
Nicos Trimikliniotis - author of the book Beyond a Divided Cyprus: A State and Society in Transformation
George Strovolides - Economist and Accountant, Honorary President of Cyprus Land and Property Owners` Association
Takis Hadjidemetriou - Representative of the Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage of Cyprus. Political heavyweight with over 20 years as a member of Parliament of Cyprus
Themos Demetriou - Member of the Committee on Cultural Heritage and Restauration of Monuments of Cyprus, Civil Engineer, Author of book «Revolt and Betrayal»
Eleftherios Synadinos - Member of the European Parliament, Golden Dawn party, Greece Retired Lt. General and commanded the Greek Special Forces
Christos Christou - President of the ELAM - the National Popular Front of Cyprus
Osman Kurt - Host and journalist at the state Bayrak Radio and Television Corporation of Northern Cyprus
Lampros Fountoulis – Member of the European Parliament, Committee on Employment and Social Affairs of the European Parliament, Golden Dawn party, Greece
Sener Elcil - General Secretary of the Cyprus Turkish Teachers Trade Union, Northern Cyprus
Anastasia Eleftheriou - Refugee from Northern Cyprus, lost her parents and brother, same age as the Turkish occupation, born on the night of July 20, 1974
Abbot Ephraim of Vatopedi Monastery on Mount Athos in Greece
Panayiotis Pantelides - Economist, holds leftist political views, Director of the Development Policy Research Center, Cyprus
Abbot Agathonikos, Kikko Monastery, Cyprus
Huseyin Akansoy - veterinary scientist, teaches at Near East University
Sener Levent - Сhief editor of the daily newspaper "Africa" (ex. "Europe"), graduate of the journalism faculty of Moscow State University
Erdogan Ozbalikci - Hotel and restaurant owner, physics teacher at Yialousa High School
Dimitrios Konstantakopoulos - Greek politician and intellectual, coordinator of the Delphi Initiative, author of 2 books on Cyprus