Phaseolus wrote:Now, the real problem of the "Annan"-plan for the Greek Cypriots is that they rejected it. And by doing it, they have changed their statute from "Poor Greek cypriots invaded by the Evil Turkish neighboor" to "Arrogant Greek Cypriots joining the rich EU and not willing to give peace a chance to their Turkish neighboors"
So, please, go on blaming the Annan-plan, but just remind, that it was acceptable to both governing parties in Cyprus and it is the Greek Cypriots that took the decision to reject it.
Phaseolus... the matter is very most complex than you images: I don't succeed to explain years of diplomatic tension (and "physic" also) in English, but I will try to reassuming you the situation.
The problem cannot be reduced to "the Greek Cipriots have refused the plan", because we must consider which is behind
to negotiates also. In my phrase I said "so-called
Annan-plan" because this plan has been introduced officially from Kofi Annan but it has been devised from diplomatic Lord Hannay and the USA special envoy Boucher: the plan was a farce that went against UN resolutions, in fact the UN Security Council have refused it and is remained simply "Annan", without the official consent of the UN. It intentionally contained a unacceptable propose (the presence, forever, of Turkish forces in unified Cyprus) that it has given to Turkey and to the USA, main turkish "sponsor" in EU, the pretest for being able to say that the plan has been refused from the Greek Cipriots and therefore the guilt as a whole Greek Cypriot. This plan is only one of the many movements of this "game to chess", to which international prominence has been given, because on nearly all the rest... prefers the silience.
Example: not long ago the media have spoken about "demolition of the wall of Nicosia", introducing this "demolition" by the Greek Cipriots of a feature of barrier in the city like a sign that the situation of Cyprus is improving quickly and that all it goes well.
The real situation?
The Turkish soldiers who patrol the border from the Turk Cipriot part have constructed a bridge who comes down illegally in the UN Buffer Zone, the neutral zone patrolled from the UN in which nobody of the two parts can enter. The situation doesn't
improve: the Greek Cipriots have pulled down share part of barrier in answer to this provocation, declaring that it's a sign of goodl for the relations and that the cross will be opened alone Turkish will remove the bridge... has simply given back it the joke.
Moreover it isn't ended here, because are many others issues and disputes that go ahead in some cases from decades: territorial reclamations (and we talk of half Aegean
, not two or three small islands), the attempt to obtain the international acknowledgment of north Cyprus, the "cold war" on Aegean, the problem of airspaces etc.
In sum, the last thing of which we have need is to carry this disaster all inside of the EU, that has already too many problems... and all with the majority of the public opinion contrary. That "union" is a union comprending at the same time members with similar relationships? The union of the buffoons, I said
Dakkus wrote:The Turkish military showing their muscles poses no real threat to Greece. Letting them show theirselves as completely ridiculous would be the easiest way to stop the army's idiocy.
Turkey isn't strong enough to fight the whole rest of Europe.
I'm not saying that a war will burst sure, but that this hypothesis isn't impossible. Turkey currently is armed best of Greece (because it spends many more money for the armed forces in relation to the GDP) but apart from this you keep in mind who the objective isn't obligatorily the Greece, can be Cyprus also, that is far away to Greece and practically disarmed. Obviously against "the whole rest of Europe" it wouldn't have hopes... but political (united) and militar EU is actually inexistent: are we sure that the whole rest of Europe (whose governors are pro-Turks for interest) would make something against Turkey (and its juicy market)? Very difficult to think.