Â … and then there’s Cyprus.
While the West disarms, Turkey is busy arming itselfÂ (thanks to eye on the world)
(Turkey) Last May, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip ErdoÄŸan visited Greece and asked them to cutÂ military spendingÂ so that peace could flourish between the two countries and so, ultimately, they could both save money.
Admirable, don’t you think? And promotes the message of peace which Muslims the world over are renowned for. Well, here is something the Turks didn’t mention when they talked about peace in our time last May.
And then there’s Cyprus.
Turkey is currently running with a program to build its own attack helicopter -Â TAI/AgustaWestland T-129Â – of which it has plans to purchase 60. Greece currently owns 29 AH64 Apache gunships.
Turkey bought 339 GermanÂ Leopard 2A4 tanksÂ in 2005 and is has set in motion a tender to build 1,000 new Advanced Battle Tanks -Â AltayÂ – which is based on the current South Korean tank, theÂ K2 Black Panther.
Turkey is currently looking into building a couple ofÂ aircraft carriers.
So much for defence cuts then.
- ‘Turkey may cut economic ties over ‘Marmara’ apology‘Â (Might be a good thing. Â Do we really need the Turks?)
“All your oils are belong to us!”
Â (Cyprus) After Israel found oil off it shores the other year, Cyprus asked the same company (Nobel Oil) to do likewise off its southern shoreline. However, Turkey (which invaded and annexed the northern half of Cyprus in 1974) has warned Nicosia off from doing so, saying that drilling for oil cannot be done until the Cyprus issue is resolved and a government representing the entire island is formed. Â (Turkey warns CyprusÂ /eye on the world)
The Turkish Occupation of Cyprus
Cyprus occupation enters 37th year
The Mercury 21 July 2011
By Tony Phyrillas
On July 20, 1974, Turkey invaded Cyprus… The military invasion of Cyprus lasted a few weeks, but Turkey managed to drive out 200,000 Greek-Cypriots from their homes in the northern part of the island. One in three Cypriots became refugees in their own country.
More than 6,000 Greek-Cypriots (mostly civilians) were killed by the Turks and another 1,600 disappeared behind Turkish lines. Thirty-seven years later, Turkey still has not provided a full accounting of the whereabouts of 1,300 men, 116 women and 133 children trapped behind the advancing Turkish army.
Turkish troops set up what became known as the “Attila Line” and a Turkish occupation force of 40,000 troops have guarded the occupied territory since 1974, preventing Greek-Cypriots from returning to their ancestral homes. Turkey continues to occupy nearly 40 percent of Cyprus.
The Turkish regime set up a puppet state known as the “Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus,” recognized by only one nation â€” Turkey.
Over the past 37 years, more than 120,000 Muslim settlers have been brought from mainland Turkey to occupied Cyprus, forever changing the ethnic and religious balance of Cyprus, a Christian nation that once hosted the Apostle Paul, who preached on Cyprus during his first missionary journey. Paul also converted the Roman governor of Cyprus during his visit, establishing Cyprus as the first nation in the world to be governed by a Christian…..
From the Gates of Vienna:
(ANSAmed) â€” NICOSIA, JULY 20 â€” This morning at exactly 5:20 AM (4:20 in Italy), in line with tradition while flags were flown at half-mast, alarm sirens rang out across Nicosia and the rest of the Republic of Cyprus â€” the free part of the country â€” for one minute. At the same time on July 20 1974, Turkish troops had invaded Cyprus in reaction to a failed coup attempt by Greek-Cypriot nationalists who â€” instigated by the colonels then in power in Athens â€” wanted to annex the island to Greece. In the Republic of Cyprus the commemoration was sad, with mourning for the dead and disappeared resulting from the Turkish armed intervention to defend the Turkish ethnic minority. It was an intervention which, in the eyes of Greek-Cypriots â€” was the beginning to a military invasion still in force, while in the eyes of Turkey it was a peace-keeping operation which is instead celebrated today in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), proclaimed in 1983 in the occupied part but recognised only by Ankara. Turkish prime minister Tayyip Erdogan paid a visit to northern Nicosia today to take part in the celebrations, in his customary first trip abroad after being sworn in as premier following his recent victory in Turkish elections.
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The ongoing dispute over divided Cyprus may escalate problems between Turkey and the European Union after Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan threatened to freeze EU relations when the Greek Cypriots take on the rotating presidency in 2012. The move only serves to further disqualify Turkey’s plans to join the EU, German conservatives say. Greek southern Cyprus, a European Union member since 2004, is set to assume the EU’s rotating presidency in July 2012. But if the Greek Cypriots don’t agree to a deal ending the three-decade division from the Turkish northern part of the island, Turkey will refuse to recognize their EU leadership, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday.
“Nobody should expect us to consider the administration of Southern Cyprus as an interlocutor,” Erdogan said during a press conference after meeting with Dervis Eroglu, the president of northern Cyprus. “We will never consider them as (an) interlocutor and sit at (the) table with them.” Erdogan’s two-day visit marks the July 20 anniversary celebration of Turkey’s 1974 invasion of Cyprus, which ultimately led to the island’s division. Turkey remains the only nation to recognize the internationally isolated Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, where it maintains a military presence. The situation is a major stumbling block to Turkey joining the EU. While the Turkish Cypriots voted in favour of reunification in a 2004 referendum, their southern neighbors rejected the measure, a perceived insult that has prompted stiff Turkish resistance to further efforts at finding a solution.
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