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Old 21st March 2006, 16:31   #1 (permalink)
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Cyprus, Turkey and the EU

Came across this today.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/4810444.stm


Should make the Eurovision song contest interesting if nothing else!
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Old 21st March 2006, 19:27   #2 (permalink)
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We cannot understand why Turkey are being so bloody awkward about a small island like Cyprus and letting it affect their EU entry when Cyprus has already been accepted.
Its like Iran and their sabre rattling re nucleur issues. They all seem to throw their rattles out of the pram over stupid things.
For gods sake lets the greeks have Cyprus.Isnt Turkey big enough for their people and do ordinary Turks care about one tiny island?
Having said that look at the fuss we made over the damn Falkland islands!!!
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It might have something to do with the fact that the Turks have lived on the island for over 400yrs in close harmony with the Greeks until 1974. Why on earth should they just roll over and give up their claim. As for "do ordinary Turks care about one tiny island" why not take a trip over there and take a poll of the Turkish inhabitants for yourselves. I'd be very surprised if they turned round and said ok Terry and Susan we'll leave tomorrow or maybe you'd like them to change nationalities?

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I think if anyone casts their minds back to the Falklands War they'll remember how Britain wasn't prepared to roll over and give up their claim to a group of islands a lot further from the UK mainland than Cyprus is to Turkey. I have a very good friend who is a Turkish Cypriot,now living in the UK. He and his family lived on Cyprus until after the troubles in 1974. The stories he told, including holding his father after he had been shot in the stomach are pretty horrifying. His father is now dead, his mother remains in Cyprus. They encouraged Alkan to leave and make a new life in England.
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Came across this today.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/4810444.stm


Should make the Eurovision song contest interesting if nothing else!
I can't think of anything that would or could make the Eurovision song contest interesting,it is only a vehicle for the rest of Europe to show there contempt and envy of GREAT BRITAIN.
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I can't think of anything that would or could make the Eurovision song contest interesting,it is only a vehicle for the rest of Europe to show there contempt and envy of GREAT BRITAIN.

HA HA PARROT! WISE UP!

U R A RIGHT OLD LITTLE ENGLANDER!

LOOSEN UP
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HA HA PARROT! WISE UP!

U R A RIGHT OLD LITTLE ENGLANDER!

LOOSEN UP
SCOTTISH ACTUALLY can I assume from your post your anti-English.

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For the sake of the Turkish Cypriots, I just hope they find a peaceful solution. I had a holiday in Cyprus a couple of years ago, and it was a very sad, eerie, experience to see the empty houses and hotels. I'll never forget walking through a street where the houses were only an arm's length apart and neighbours had turned against each other. So very, very sad.

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As a resident of this wonderful country, but no less still a visitor I am quite saddened by your views and implications on the subject of Cyprus. Why is it Turkey that is being bloody awkward and not Greece? You seem to think that if Turkey gives up Cyprus then she will automatically be accepted into the EU. It is not as clear cut as that nor as simple.
Had a similar solution arose and Great Britian was told to give up a silly little piddling Island like the Falklands or even Northern İreland back to the Irish for guaranteed entry into the EEC would you have willing given up your sovereignty? Well yes, with a posting like that I think you may well have done.
The Cyprus problem is not one that can be solved overnight or solved by simply handing the country back as you put it. As Caroline has said what did happen after the Invasion in 1974 was pretty horrifying and Gaz has said how sad the empty villages are. May I ask what would be your method of removing the Turks from the Northern Part of Cyprus and relocating them?
Shall we simply ask them to leave quietly taking whatever belongings they can carry with them and when they dont comply bring in the military? Or should we just storm their houses, throw them out on the streets and requistion the properties for the Greeks?
We should do neither because one it is a Turkish/Greek problem and certainly no concern of ours and two I am quite sure that given the chance, George and Tony have it on their list for carpet bombing at a later date should the Turks resist and of course after they have finished wiping out Iraq,Afghanistan and I have a little niggle that says the next country begins with a P or an S.
As for Turks not really being interested in this silly little Island I think that your comment is unjust, totally untrue and an Insult to the country that has I no doubt treated you extremely well.

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