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01 February 2007

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Stavros Stavridis

The Greeks and Armenians were massacred during the years 1915-1922 by the Ottoman Turks and Kemalists but we must not forget the Assyrian Christians too.

istvanbocsi@yahoo.com

Well written article by Dr Trifkovic. Very short clear essence of the status of Turkey in 2007. It didn't seem to have changed significantly since though.
Especially the paragraph on Cyprus, the numbers are stagerring, not only the human side of the crisis. I've been following closely Christofias' and Talat's /Eroglu's negotiations only to to see the faint sliver of hope to fade into total darkness. It shows Turkey's true intentions covered up by humanitarian "help". ( even some turkish cypriots questions General Ilhan's claims about the murder of his children, God bless their innocent souls, wich was a pretext of a possible invasion in'63 already , but it's perhaps too much of a speculation )
For 37 years hundreds of thousands of people have been waiting to return home. Their number decreasing every day. Well thought strategy having known the ignorance of the west (E.U. , NATO, U.S.) for such a long time.
Hopefully the same tragedy won't happen in easter Thrace and the status of Cyprus turns for the better. As His All Holiness Vartholomeos said about the future of the Patriarchate of Constantinople: "We believe in miracles"
As the roses of pentecost(peonies) are blooming, have wonderful days concluding the Easter season.

Istvan

Stavros

I am not hopeful but I too believe in miracles. Here is an interesting article that may interest you:

http://pajamasmedia.com/michaeltotten/2011/06/05/ottoman-fantasies/

Erdogan and the pashas believe Turkey is ascendant but they do not have the diplomatic acumen of the Otoomans or of an Ataturk. Nevertheless we should never underestimate them.

Istvan

Interesting insights, great article from Berlinski-Totten.(by the way Totten's report on Varosha many years ago was one the reasons that made me pay close attention to the tragedy of Cyprus )
Thanks for the link
Istvan

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