Tuesday 11 August 2009

Robocops in Cyprus?

The Cyprus conflict begins to move along science fiction metaphors. But are they clever enough to conceal the realities of continued illegal settlement, genocide and ethnic cleansing that are being enacted Right Now in Cyprus by the occupation regime?

Here is the entire article originally published by Today's Zaman - what are your thoughts, feelings, comments?
Petros Evdokas

Talat: Greek Cyprus sees KKTC citizens from Turkey as ‘robocops'
10 August 2009, Monday

The Greek Cypriot administration considers settlers from the Turkish mainland in northern Cyprus “robocops” who can create security problems, Turkish Cypriot President Mehmet Ali Talat has suggested.

In an interview with Turkey's state-run TRT television station over the weekend, Talat was asked why Greek Cypriots are afraid of citizens of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (KKTC) who originally came from Turkey, the Anatolia news agency reported.

“They are equal citizens. Why are they afraid? What they suggest is actually comic; they consider them [settlers from Turkey] ‘robocops' who are well trained by the Turkish military and who can create security problems; they consider them such creatures,” Talat was quoted as saying by Anatolia in response, underlining that the main reason behind this fear was xenophobia among Greek Cypriots that amounted to racism. He mentioned the killing of a US ambassador in the southern part of Cyprus in 1974 as an example of such feelings.

The fate of settlers from the Turkish mainland in northern Cyprus is one of the main disagreements stalling efforts to reach a solution on reunification of the ethnically divided island of Cyprus. Talat and his Greek Cypriot counterpart, Dimitris Christofias, have engaged in about 40 rounds of negotiation reunite the island since September last year. Talat and Christofias wrapped up the first phase of talks last week and will resume negotiations in September. Talat hopes the talks will produce a deal by the end of the year so that it will be put to referendum on both sides of the island by early 2010, before presidential elections in Turkish Cyprus.


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