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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 22 August 2015
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 22 AUGUST 2015 27 OPINION LETTERS Turkey’s aim was the partition of Cyprus Turkey invaded Cyprus during the Ottoman Empire in 1570 when no Turks were living on the island and occupied it until 1878. Over 150,000 Greek Cypriots were killed and over 10,000 Greek Cypriots were forced to convert to Islam and a lot of them into exile. There is strong evidence that a lot of Greek Cypriots were forced to change their religion and their names to stay alive. Below is a list of 22 villages with names of Greek saints where 15 of them were wholly inhabited by Turkish Cypriots, six of them in majority and one in minority. One village named Elea (which means olive tree in Greek and in Greek symbolises peace) was fully inhabited by Turkish Cypriots. I must point out that the Turks do not believe in saints and they do not have any saints. There is strong evidence that all these villages were built and inhabited by Greek Cypriots for over 2,000 years, but were forced to change their religion and their names to survive when Turkey invaded Cyprus the first time in 1570 to 1878. All those Turkish Cypriots who lived in these villages until 1974 were descendants of Greek Cypriots - a DNA test can assure this. This is also the reason why the Greek Cypriots and the Turkish Cypriots have had good relations and communications. Further evidence to this is that the Turkish Cypriots are different from the Turks from mainland Turkey. Turkey, knowing all this after the invasion in 1974, tried very hard to force the Turkish Cypriot population in Cyprus to leave the country. The Turkish Cypriot population until the invasion in 1974 was more than 120,000 and today they are down to 78,000. This is an indication that Turkey did not invade Cyprus for the protection of the Turkish Cypriots, as it has fiercely claimed, but for other self and foreign benefits. Prior to the invasion by the Ottoman Empire in 1570 there were no Turkish Cypriots living in Cyprus. Cyprus was inhabited for over 2,000 years by Greek Cypriots. The Turkish Cypriots are mainly descendants of Greek Cypriots (who were forced to change their religion and their names to survive) and some Turkish army personnel who decided to settle in Cyprus permanently after the invasion in 1570. The Cyprus government since the establishment of the Republic of Cyprus in 1960 has continuously financially supported the Turkish Cypriots, without receiving anything in return (such as income or land taxes). In the year 2005 alone, the Cyprus government gave them over 600,000,000 euros, with a similar amount given and increasing every year. The Lausanne Treaty which was established in 1923 with the articles 16, 20 and 21 has abandoned Turkey to have any rights in Cyprus. One of the reasons was the genocide and drama they created in Cyprus during 1570 to 1878 as mentioned above. In 1955, Britain involved Turkey in the Cyprus problem and since that the climate changed. Turkey organised Turkish Cypriot extremists against the Greek Cypriots. Turkey's aim, which had the support of Britain and America, was the partition of Cyprus. Taking all this into account, the United Nations and the International Community should force Turkey to implement the United Nations Resolutions and withdraw all the troops and settlers from Cyprus immediately and leave the two communities, Greek and Turkish Cypriots, to live in peace and harmony as they used to live for over three centuries. The British and American governments, who are well aware of all this, should stop supporting Turkey. I do not believe that it is beneficial for them to stand in that way against a small country which has suffered for thousands of years, not only from Turkey, but from a lot of other enemies. I strongly believe that the British and Americans would elevate their reputation if they help Cyprus and Greece in general achieve freedom and justice. The whole world knows about the Greek history which is democracy, freedom, justice and liberty. Greeks do not want to attack anyone and occupy land which is not theirs as Turkey does; rather, Greeks are looking for peace and harmony with their neighbours. It is time for Turkey to follow Greece's example, especially if it wants to join the European Community. Greece and Cyprus were very generous to Turkey - they did not use their veto to object to Turkey's entrance in the European Community. No discussions should take place with the European Community before Turkey withdraws from Cyprus. Hoping that Turkey, Britain and America will change their policy regard- ing Cyprus and look forward to peace for the sake of everyone. Also please find the following list of names of villages including names of saints which were forced to convert to Islam during the Ottoman Empire 1570-1878. VILLAGE POPULATIONS (Ayios/Ayia means saint) NICOSIA area 1. ...........................................Ayia 100% Turkish Cypriots 2. ...............Ayios Sozomenos 85% Turkish Cypriots 3. ..........................Ayii Alifotes 100% Turkish Cypriots LIMASSOL area ...................... 4. .......................Ayios Thomas 100% Turkish Cypriots KYRENIA area 5. ................................Ayia Irini 75% Turkish Cypriots 6. ......................Ayios Chariton 100% Turkish Cypriots PAFOS area 7. ........................Ayios Ioannis 100% Turkish Cypriots 8. .....................Ayios Georgios 100% Turkish Cypriots 9. .....................Ayios Nikolaos 100% Turkish Cypriots 10. .......................Ayia Varvara 50% Turkish Cypriots 11. ....................Ayios Isidoros 85% Turkish Cypriots LARNAKA area 12. ............................Ayia Anna 75% Turkish Cypriots 13. ............Agios Theodhoros 75% Turkish Cypriots MORPHOU area 14. ............Ayios Theodhoros 100% Turkish Cypriots 15. ............Ayios Georgoudhi 100% Turkish Cypriots 16. .................Ayios Epifanios 100% Turkish Cypriots 17. .........................................Elea 100% Turkish Cypriots 18. .........................Ayios Ioannis (Selemani) 100% Turkish Cypriots FAMAGUSTA area 19. .............Ayios Andronikos 100% Turkish Cypriots Email your letter to: firstname.lastname@example.org 20. .....................Ayios Iakovos 100% Turkish Cypriots KARPASI area 21. ...............Ayios Evstathios 100% Turkish Cypriots 22. ......................................Ayios Andronikos ................................ 15% Turkish Cypriots 23. ....................Ayios Symeon 100% Turkish Cypriots Christos Violaris Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Ex-treasurer of Cyprus Community of Melbourne and Victoria Ex-treasurer and foundation member of (SEKA) Melbourne and Victoria Free trips In lieu of Ms Bishop's resignation, how many politicians are playing identity politics and get free study trips to Greece or their respective homeland? That's the real question that needs to be asked for the Greek diaspora. Melina Smith Victoria Pilger is wrong John Pilger states: "The day after the January election a truly democratic and, yes, radical government would have stopped every euro leaving the country, repudiated the ‘illegal and odious’ debt - as Argentina did successfully - and expedited a plan to leave the crippling eurozone." But such a course of action would have been quite undemocratic, as the SYRIZA government had no mandate for it. If SYRIZA had gone to the the election with this platform it would not have won government, as a large majority of Greeks did not want to leave the euro then and do not want to now (granted that one day they could change their minds if conditions in Greece fail to improve). Pilger would have liked the Greeks to launch into an ideological war last January with him looking on from the Have Your Say LAST WEEK’S QUESTION: Do you agree with Tony Abbott’s decision on samesex marriage, that it be legalised by a referendum next year instead of allowing an MP free vote? 53 % YES 47 % NO THIS WEEK’S QUESTION: Do you agree with Tsipras’ decision to quit and call for snap election? Yes/No Vote online now. Go to neoskosmos.com Published by Ethnic Publications Pty Ltd (ABN: 13005 255 087) of 169 Burwood Rd, Hawthorn, Victoria 3122. Printed by Rural Press Printing, Ballarat. 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These moronic bogans are the probably the same ones who big note themselves while travelling in Greece and talk loudly in the hope someone will hear and recognise them and ask incredulously as though they are a celebrity "are you Australian? 'είσαι Αυστραλος?”. Their shoe size is bigger than their IQ. My godfather's son rents one of his premises as a kafenio and I told him recently how some people in Australia who have returned from Greece during the last couple of years reckon those types of businesses are always full and booming. He confessed he now gets very little rent as the owner isn't making enough money, as customers arrive and sit around in the hope someone they know will offer to buy them a drink or else they will buy a coffee and sit on it for a couple of hours. This is no way for a business to succeed. He also added that for the first time since he left Australia to return to Greece 50 years ago, he is seeing people looking for food in bins and others being homeless. No one deserves to live like this, yet some of our compatriots here think they deserve it. It also looks like Greece’s tourist business for the short term is going down the gurgler as the media reports on the hundreds of asylum seekers fleeing for their lives from Syria, Afghanistan and other war-torn countries arriving each day on islands such as Kos and Lesvos. Tourists sunbaking on the beach don't want to look up and see a boat full of refugees arriving on the beach next to them, so they just won’t return next year and will tell their friends as well. However this is not just a Greek problem but an international one that needs urgent action and attention to help solve it. Asylum seekers deserve to live in a safe environment and it is obvious Greece does not have the resources to assist them. Greece today has been hit dramatically by austere economic measures and thousands of refugees and does not need those of Greek origin in far off countries sniping and being critical with superficial remarks. We should be supportive of Greece, our relatives and friends who live there. Con Vaitsas Victoria Please note that the submission of a letter does not guarantee that it will be published. We reserve the right to edit your letter for clarity, grammar, spelling and style. Letters that use inappropriate language will not be published. All letters published will include the author’s name and location. Comments posted on Neos Kosmos’website, facebook and twitter pages can also be included for submission at the editors’ discretion and will be edited accordingly.
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