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A cypress on Cyprus and oil in Gaza

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Submitted by Ianus (Poland), Jul 24, 2010 at 04:35

traveler-2054359 ,

Probably if we spoke of cypresses what you have proposed may be roughly relevant. Otherwise it stands in desperate need of revision.

You wrote :

"This comparison is nothing ... know that Cypress was a part of Turkey and was leased to the British much like Hong Kong."

True, in 1878 Turkey in exchange for protection ceded Cyprus to be administered by Britain. But in 1914 after the declaration of war on Britain by Turkey the island was annexed by Britian. In 1915 Britain offered the island to Greece should the latter enter the war immediately against Turkey. In 1925 Cyprus became a British Crown Colony which renders all analogy with Hong Kong unfounded .

What is most relevant though is that in 1923 Kemalist Turkey did relinquish any claim to Cyprus by virtue of Article 20 of the Treaty of Lausanne which reads : "Turkey hereby recognises the annexation of Cyprus proclaimed by the British Government on the 5th November, 1914."

You add : "During the British control the Island was settled by predoment number of Greeks."

To contribute a bit to your modest knowledge of history I may humbly remark that the first Greeks appeared on Cyprus during the Mycenaean period around 1400 BC which makes some 3400 years of uninterrupted Hellenic history on the island while the Turks conquered the island in 1570 thus ushering in its period of stagnation and decline which only ended in 1878 with the advent of the British.

"The Leased expired about 12-14 years ago and Turkey agreed to allowing the inhabitants to stay and control the region under there own governances."

As you may have seen from the above what you assert is nonsense. The Treaty of Lausanne signed by Ghazi Mustafa Kemal Pasha's plenipotentiaries has never been renounced by Turkey .

>The notice to remove the troops was given and the Greeks chose not to obey and continued the illegal occupation of the Island.<

Just for your information , the Greek division , some 12 000 men strong was removed from the island in 1967 and any purchases of modern arms and equipment for the small Cypriote National Guard before 1974 were thwarted by political considerations. So e.g. the Greeks didn't get modern Soviet anti-aircraft rockets and artillery only because their leadership were afraid of the violent reactions in America. Had they had these Soviet weapons in 1974 the Turkish planes and ships would have been decimated and so the whole invasion would have failed and the Greek tragedy would have been averted .

Now to my mind the real reason why the US unleashed the Turkish bloodhound upon Cyprus was that Makarios understood the real situation and was looking for help from the only direction interested in saving the Greeks on Cyprus - the Soviet Union . Had he managed to arrive at a sort of an alliance with the Russians the Turks would have never dared - out of their panic fear of the Soviets - send a single soldier to the island , let alone invade it in full force under the eyes of the entire world , kill, rape , loot and rob more than a third part of the island ! It all happened with Kissinger's explicit consent .

" That is why Turkey had to take charge of the situation. This is justifiable based upon the actions of the Greeks."

Interesting that when the Turks commit a genocide , engage in indiscriminate massacres and expel whole populations they justify it by their will to redress some imaginary offences hardly anybody will ever be able to inuquire into.

If I am not mistaken it was Montesquieu who remarked that when the accuser , the judge and the executioner are the same person we are dealing with barbarity and tyranny of the worst sort . The Turks have always been the three in one person .

"The invasion of Gaza is strictly a economic one in which Israel wants the control of the Gazas access to be ocean to manipulate the oil Pipeline that is scheduled to be built there. ..."

The Israelis have destroyed the nascent Gazan oil industry then ! But Allah is merciful , isn't he ? It will be rebuilt and flourish again , won't it ?

This article was enlarged by stipulations of article 16 and 27 of the aforesaid treaty :

"Turkey hereby renounces all rights and title whatsoever over or respecting the territories situated outside the frontiers laid down in the present Treaty and the islands other than those over which her sovereignty is recognised by the said Treaty ... ".

Article 27 : "No power or jurisdiction in political, legislative or administrative matters shall be exercised outside Turkish territory by the Turkish Government or authorities, for any reason whatsoever, over the nationals of a territory placed under the sovereignty or protectorate of the other Powers signatory of the present Treaty, or over the nationals of a territory detached from Turkey."

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