- The Washington Times - Friday, July 25, 2008

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

In her article titled “Cyprus solution, please” (Commentary, Web, July 20) Kathryn Cameron Porter repeats the same outdated rhetoric we so often hear regarding Turkey’s presence on the island. It was because of the Greek Cypriots’ violent 11-year campaign (from 1963 to 1974) to exterminate the Turkish Cypriot people and annex the island to Greece that Turkey intervened in 1974.

The legitimacy of the Turkish intervention was also confirmed, among others, by the Council of Europe Resolution 573 (1974) and even by the Athens Court of Appeal.

In its decision No. 2658/79 dated March 21, 1979 it held that:”The Turkish military intervention in Cyprus, which was carried out in accordance with the Zurich and London Agreements was legal. Turkey, as one of the Guarantor Powers, had the right to fulfill her obligations. The real culprits…are the Greek officers who engineered and staged a coup and prepared the conditions for this intervention.”

The Turkish troops have never been described as an invading force, either by the United Nations or U.S. in their official terminology.

Furthermore, when demanding the withdrawal of Turkish troops from Cyprus, Ms. Porter conveniently ignores to mention that this should also include the withdrawal of the thousands of Greek troops that are stationed in southern Cyprus.

It should be recalled that all the issues that the author is complaining about would have been resolved had the Greek Cypriot side accepted the U.N. settlement plan (the Annan Plan) over four years ago. Even the U.N. secretary-general in his report to the Security Council dated May 28, 2004 (S/2004/437) observed that “…by rejecting the Plan the Greek Cypriots were not rejecting a mere blueprint but the settlement itself” (paragraph 83).

MURAT KAVLAK

Alexandria

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