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Reader comment on item: Forty Years after the Invasion of Cyprus
in response to reader comment: The Arab historians tell us that Cyprus belongs to the Greeks

Submitted by servet cevik (Turkey), Sep 23, 2014 at 13:40

1. sorry i have no idea what arab historians say about cyprus. thank you for informing me about their point of view. i know of no arab historians and i did not read any arab historian in my life. all i read was english sources from the internet mostly wikipedia. i sent you the links.

2. i already said that yes the local population was always hellenic aka greek since the start. probably you did not read me carefully. what i said was that the cypriot greeks -unfortunately for them- have never had the chance to rule themselves ever in history because they were too weak and they were sitting on a very strategic point and there were always many major powers around them who had an eye on this small but important island.

3. we got the island from the venetians who ruled cyprus for 400 years after heavy and fierce fighting with the venetians. both sides had immense casualties and it was not an easy win for us either. actually from the point of greeks not much changed. an invader was replaced by another invader.

4. surprisingly enough after the invasion Ottomans abolished the feudal system previously in place and applied the millet system to Cyprus, under which non-Muslim peoples were governed by their own religious authorities. In a reversal from the days of Latin rule, the head of the Church of Cyprus was invested as leader of the Greek Cypriot population and acted as mediator between Christian Greek Cypriots and the Ottoman authorities. This status ensured that the Church of Cyprus was in a position to end the constant encroachments of the Roman Catholic Church.

5. Yes we came from central asia and look we are still here :-)

6. I like it when you call us Turks barbarians. I take it as a sexy compliment :-)

7. History is history. We have no demands and claims about any ex ottoman lands. What we only want now is the security and well being of Turkish cypriots living in the island. If an effective administrative system to ensure the well being and security of our brothers there can be established, we are more than willing to take our soldiers back, because it really is a huge burden on our defence budget and tax payers.

8. Turkey accepted and Turkish cypriots voted yes for the Annan plan which aimed to be a fair and just distribution of the sources and land and administrative power. Greek Cypriots once again acted enviously and racistly and unrealistically and did not want to share anything with the Turks and hence the current status in the island.

9. Turkey is building a freshwater pipeline to the island and we offered them that they can also use this water if they want.

10. Turkey has installed many diesel power plants to provide the island with electricity and offered the greek side to use it at a time when there was electric scarcity in the greek side due to the accident in their main power plant.

11. if the Greeks think wisely and realistically and logically, the most economic and feasible way of transporting the prospective natural gas is via Turkey but it seems that they do not want to share the revenues of this newly found natural resource with Turkish Cypriots so they are refusing to collaborate with us. If this natural resource which belongs to ALL islanders is not shared in a fair way, this surely wont bring PEACE to the island. Keep in mind that eventually all wars are about resource allocations.

12. Actually if the Greeks get in good terms with us it will be very beneficial for them i do not know why they are acting so much against their own interests. Think about millions of Turkish tourists and all necessary goods coming from a much closer and larger market than mainland Greece. Turkey can be their best client to buy all their gas. Money will actually flow from Turkey to Cyprus if the Greeks do think wisely. Peace is profit war is wasted money.

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