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The Greek Cypriot flag (L) fluttering next to the EU flag at the Davila Moat in Nicosia. AFP photo

The Greek Cypriot flag (L) fluttering next to the EU flag at the Davila Moat in Nicosia. AFP photo

Sevil Erkuş Sevil Erkuş sevil.kucukkosum@hdn.com.tr

Turkey and the Turkish Cypriot State will try to use Greek Cyprus’s term presidency as an opportunity to bring the decades-old Cyprus problem before the relevant European Union institutions and to inform ignorant European politicians about northern Cyprus. 

According to a plan crafted by Ankara and Nicosia, an effort to add northern Cyprus to the itinerary of European bureaucrats and politicians, who will pay visits to the southern part of the island as part of its term presidency, will be carried out. 

“Turkey and the Turkish Cypriots have agreed on an action plan,” İrsen Küçük, prime minister of the Turkish Cypriot State, told a group of journalists over the weekend. The plan suggests massive protest campaigns by Turkish Cypriots in Brussels and elsewhere, with the first such protest already having taken place last week in the Belgian capital. 

The activities and political statements of Greek Cyprus will be closely followed and any action to use its term presidency in its bid against Turkish Cypriots’ rights will be brought to the world’s agenda. This also includes Greek Cypriots’ oil and gas explorations in the eastern Mediterranean, which are seen as violating the rights of Turkey and Turkish Cypriots.

“Turkish Cypriots will invite politicians and members of civil society who are coming [to the island] to participate in EU meetings to be held [in southern Cyprus],” Küçük stated. The reason for this action is the fact that many European politicians have little or biased information about the Cyprus problem, Küçük said, which he observed on a recent trip to Strasbourg, home of the European Parliament. 

Greek Cyprus is expected to host nearly 700 meetings during its six-month presidency, but is also expected to delegate many to the outgoing term president, Denmark, due to its financial restrictions. 

“We don’t expect a high-profile term presidency from Greek Cyprus due to their financial crisis,” Foreign Minister Hüseyin Özgürgün told reporters over the weekend. “The Greek Cypriots will have to chair more than 700 meetings during their presidency. However they declared EU that will not be able to hold meetings such as farming, environment and forestry. They try to delegate its missions to previous term president Denmark and upcoming president Ireland,” he said. 

Ankara to scrap meetings with term presidency

The Greek Cypriot term presidency will also have some consequences for Turkey’s accession talks with the EU, as Ankara has already announced that it won’t join meetings to be held by the Greek Cyprus as term president. 

However, Ankara said relations will continue with other EU bodies, especially with the European Commission.


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Chris Green

7/8/2012 6:14:13 PM

There has been no part of the Midlands of England that could be described as 'lovely' this year! Once again someone skulking behind a nickname 'thinks' that he knows me!


7/3/2012 4:53:56 PM

Yeah, I'm due to be in Turkey later this year too. Some of us have shiny new projects. Anyway Redditch is lovely this time of year.

Chris Green

7/3/2012 1:48:53 PM

My family are fine, Dave Impaler or at least so far as I am aware. Hating the weather - hoping to be back in Turkey or indeed the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus later this year! Hows yours? :-)


7/3/2012 12:00:14 PM

Murat, "in charge of their destiny" really when did this happen? With no prospect of TCs becoming normal members of the international community, with isolation set to continue. Your ridiculous fear of Greek domination has led you to being dominated by Turkey, which is pushing you towards oblivion. While for GCs they sit and note the irony of it all. Chris, hows the family?

Chris Green

7/2/2012 7:25:34 PM

And the other reality is that the Turkish Intervention Forces are not going anywhere and thus the TRNC remains intact and very well protected. What is entertaining of course is the daily Greek-baiting here and elsewhere! Passes the time :-)


7/2/2012 7:02:39 PM

What is reality is TRNC. In body and spirit. They are in charge of their destiny. Rest is hot air.


7/2/2012 6:41:44 PM

Murat, really sorry the Cyprus problem isn't "entertaining" enough for you but as long as the North part of Cyprus remains under occupation. The KFC will remains illegal "is a reality".


7/2/2012 4:49:06 PM

All these talks about Cyprus and unification and EU are turning into a Karagoz and Hacivat show, just as old and ancient but a lot less entertaning. It is a good thing to keep TRNC on the agenda and current but to what end not clear. TRNC is a reality, just like Turkey is and does not the affirmation from anyone. Greek Cyprus can keep themselves Greek just as they desire.


7/2/2012 4:11:09 PM

Dogging, you do obviously. Turks could pull the plug on the EU process by withdrawing their application. at anytime

dogan kemal ileri

7/2/2012 1:12:17 PM

Who gives a damn about the EU and what they think and whether the Greek Cypriots are in the EU and what they are planning to do.They have wasted 40 years to solve the problems of a tiny island so now in a bankrupt and politically divided state they are going to address the problems of the entire EU of 500 million people.How naive and stupid is the EU,but what do you expect from an organisation run as a rudderless ship with no clear leader.Delusions of grandeur is the Greek state whilst bankrupt.
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