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Lies, Propaganda vs Facts

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Submitted by Kuvayi Milliye (Turkey), Jul 30, 2014 at 06:08

--- The independence agreements do not form the goal. They are the present and not the future. The Greek Cypriot people will continue their national cause and shape their future in accordance with their will. ( Makarios, July 28th, 1960 )

--- Until this Turkish community, forming part of the Turkish race that has been the terrible enemy of Hellenism is expelled, the duty of the heroes of EOKA can never be considered terminated. ( Makarios, September 4th, 1962, Panayia Speech )

--- It is nonsense to claim, as the Greek Cypriots do, that all casualties were caused by fighting between armed men of both sides. On Christmas Eve, many Turkish Cypriot people were brutally attacked and murdered in their suburban homes, including the wife and children of a Turkish military doctor allegedly by a group of 40 men, many in army boots and great coats. Although the Turkish Cypriots fought back as best they could and killed some militia, there were no massacres of Greek Cypriot civilians. ( The Guardian, December 31st, 1963 )

--- If Turkey has not reinforced her contingent in Cyprus so far, this is a roof of Turkey's patience. Her right to so is undeniable. If the international agreements mean anything, Turkey can save the Turkish Cypriots from further massacres. This is the ugliest form of racial discrimination. In order to blur the issue it has been alleged that both sides are to blame. However, the real culprit is the Greek Cypriot organisation called EOKA. ( Le Figaro, February 15th-16th, 1964 )

--- Robed and bearded Archbishop Makarios has the Byzantine ability of covering up the realities. The Makarios Government has deliberately started the clashes. He is determined to destroy the Turkish Cypriots. ( Christian Science Monitor, February 17th, 1964 )

--- I was convinced that if Archbishop Makarios could not bring himself to treat the Turkish Cypriots as human beings, he was inviting the invasion and partition of the island. ( Sir Alec Douglas, Former British Prime Minister )

--- If any genocide or ethnic cleansing has taken place in Cyprus, this has always been carried out by the Greeks. The abortive coup of 1974, organized by EOKA and Greek military junta in Athens, aimed at elimination of the Turkish Cypriots from the Island. Turkey intervened to protect them and prevent Enosis. Since that date, the island has been peaceful and free of bloodshed. Turkey has consistently supported a fair and reasonable settlement on Cyprus, but one that gives the Turkish Cypriots a secure future and equal political and social status with the Greek Cypriots.

( P. F. Peters, Former Ambassador of Australia to Ankara, 1994 )

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Daniel Pipes replies:

Whatever the mistakes and sins of the Greek government and the Greek Cypriots before 1974 that you allude to, none of them justify a now-over 40-year occupation.

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