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An attempt to analyse the main issues regarding Erdogan’s historic visit in Athens, Greece


For the first time in 65 years a Turkish president is visiting Greece amid hopes of a breakthrough on the Cyprus issue and other bilateral issues. Preparations for the Turkish President’s visit to Greece lasted seven months according to Euronews. As is well known, Erdogan’s visit was launched when the Greek Foreign Minister, Mr Kotzias  gave him an oral invitation to visit the country during their meeting in Ankara at the end of October. 

Mr. Erdogan is scheduled to visit Greece, tomorow,on Dec. 7-8 .A lot is at stake for this two-day trip.It is being billed as historic and may represent a chance to break the deadlock on Cyprus, and other bilateral issues for the two  NATO members which on occasions in the recent past have come close to conflict. At the same time, a major security operation is being set up in the Greek capital ahead of his planned visit to the country.

Mr. Erdogan has visited Greece before — twice as prime minister in 2004 and 2010 — and Prime Minister Binali Yildirim visited in June, but there has not been a visit by a head of state since Turkey’s third president, Celal Bayar, made a trip in 1952.

Erdogan, since he came to power in 2002, displayed a deceptive mask. He appeared as a “light” Islamist and there was a reason: After the terrorist attack on the twin towers in New York, the West turned angrily against Islam. Erdogan, in the face of the so-called “Islamic democrat”, built the image of a “progressive” leader who sought to make a more “european Turkey” and integrate it into the European Union. Many in Cyprus and Greece, among them,  N. Anastasiades, now the president of the Republic of Cyprus, were seeing in Erdogan a face of a  “European” and “Democratic” leader, who was ready to solve the Cyprus problem and discuss all issues.

Since then, the masks have fallen and the real face of Erdogan has been revealed: a real dictator, arrogant, a murderer of his own people, adopting expansive and aggressive policy against all Turkey’s neighbors and even corrupted most of the greek media report. Continue reading An attempt to analyse the main issues regarding Erdogan’s historic visit in Athens, Greece

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Euronews: CYPRUS: DISPLACED PEOPLE AND REUNIFICATION OF A DIVIDED ISLAND// CHYPRE : LA RÉUNIFICATION IMPOSSIBLE ?


Cyprus has been split on ethnic lines since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded the north of the island in response to a short-lived coup by Greek Cypriot militants seeking union with Greece.

In recent months Greek and Turkish Cypriots have been negotiating to try to end their decades-long conflict and have asked the United Nations to prepare for a new peace conference in early March.

A UN envoy is now urging both sides to seize an opportunity for peace, warning it could be years before such a chance arises again.

Euronews Insiders visited the divided island to speak with Cypriot people on both sides of the divide.

In 1974, fighting pushed Greek Cypriots from Morphou to the south. Turkish Cypriots fled to the north. The conflict displaced tens of thousands of Cypriots including the Kandulu family. The abandoned houses were distributed through a kind of lottery system.

Checkpoints opened in 2003 allowing access between the two sides through a UN-patrolled buffer zone.

read more on euronews.com

Français:

En 1974, les combats ont poussé les Chypriotes grecs de Morphou vers le sud tandis que les Chypriotes turcs ont fui au nord. Résultat : des dizaines de milliers de personnes déplacées comme les Kandulu. Dans la région de Morphou, les maisons abandonnées par les Chypriotes grecs ont été attribuées par tirage au sort aux milliers de familles de réfugiés chypriotes turcs venus du sud.

Vidéo en français sur le site Euronews

À Chypre, près de Morphou, dans la partie nord de cette île divisée, nous nous rendons sur des parcelles d’orangers. Celles-ci s‘étendent à perte de vue dans la région. Sur place, on parle turc. Dans le sud du territoire, on parle grec. Les négociations en vue d’une réunification se sont intensifiées ces derniers mois même si en janvier, une conférence sous l‘égide de l’ONU n’avait abouti à aucune avancée concrète.

La partition de l‘île n’a rien d’immuable. Au sud, dans le village de Kiti, un couple en est la preuve vivante. Ces musiciens – l’un chypriote grec, l’autre chypriote turque – viennent d’avoir un enfant. Arion grandira-t-il dans une Chypre réunifiée dont la nouvelle conférence internationale prévue en mars pourrait être l‘étape décisive ?

chypre carte