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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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Unite Cyprus Now: It’s Now or Never


Both  sides of the political divide in Cyprus (Greek and Turkish) have renewed efforts to reunite the island more than 40 years after the island was divided along ethnic lines in 1974 when Turkish troops invaded after supporters of union with Greece led a failed coup d’état.  THE FANATICS won and lot of people died from both sides. A lot of bodies have not been identified yet.

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Credit: Eyes on Europe and the Middle East

Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci met in the Swiss Alpine resort of Crans-Montana, joined by senior UN and European Union officials and the foreign ministers of Greece and Turkey.

“We came here for a solution. This problem, which has been continuing for 50 years, should now be resolved,” Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said at the closed meeting, according to Hurriyet Daily News (Turkey)

Meanwhile, a big number of Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots sent a message of reunification in Cyprus on Wednesday night. Members of 100 or more parties, unions and ordinary Cypriots as well assembled in the buffer zone cutting through Ledra Street in Nicosia, the divided capital of the island, as the Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders, Greece, Turkey and the UK, were holding a conference in Geneva in a bid to settle the decades-old problem.

The demonstrators held flags that read ‘Peace’ and placards saying ’50 years of failed negotiations. Solve it now’ and ‘#unitecyprusnow.

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Dans la station alpine suisse de Crans-Montana, les négociations pour la réunification de l’île méditerranéenne de Chypre ont été relancées. Chypriotes grecs et turcs ont repris mercredi leurs négociations en Suisse dans une atmosphère “constructive”, a constaté le médiateur de l’ONU, qui juge qu’une réunification de l’île divisée depuis plus de 40 ans “n’est pas hors de portée”. Chypre est actuellement divisée par une ‘ligne verte’, contrôlée par les Casques bleus de l’ONU.

Entre-temps, un grand nombre de Chypriotes grecs et des Chypriotes turcs a envoyé un message de réunification à Chypre dans la nuit de mercredi à jeudi. Les membres de 100 voire plus de partis , unions-syndicats et des citoyens Chypriotes ordinaires se sont aussi réunis autour de la zone tampon sur la Rue Ledras à Nicosie, la capitale de l’île toujours divisé. En même temps, les leaders chypriotes grecs et turcs, la Grèce, la Turquie et le Royaume-Uni, tenaient une conférence à Genève en vue de régler ce problème qui date déjà des plusieurs décennies.

Actuellement, les trois «garants» de la sécurité de l’île – Turquie, Grèce et Grande-Bretagne, ex-puissance coloniale – conservent le droit d’intervenir militairement. Mais Nicosie, soutenue par Athènes, réclame le retrait de tous les soldats turcs, ce que refusent les Chypriotes turcs.

Selon Libération qui évoque une source diplomatique, la Turquie serait prête à réduire de 80% sa présence militaire.

Les manifestants tenaient  des drapeaux et des banderoles sur lesquels on pouvait lire #unitecyprusnow #Peace ou encore “50 ans des négociations ratées. Trouvez-nous une solution maintenant!”