The international press repeats
statements of responsible statesmen that the Cyprus Question must
be solved before April 2004. But the Cyprus Question was solved
in 1960 with the independence of the island.
The present problem is solely the military invasion of northern
Cyprus by Turkey in 1974 and the continued 30 years military occupation
of the area since then, together with the expulsion of its Christian
inhabitants and their replacement by settlers from the Turkish
On the current Cyprus problem, not a word in the international
press and probably neither in intergovernmental circles. Why?
In the 1890’ s, the then Great Powers ordered the then Ottoman
Empire to withdraw from Crete, then a Turkish province. And they
did. When Archbishop Makarios was first elected President of Cyprus,
the Greek Government had sent a small military unit to support
him in his first steps. Athens was requested by friendly governments
to recall them, and it did.
Why cannot the present powers of the day order Turkey to withdraw
its troops and settlers from northern Cyprus as a condition for
further talks on the otherwise welcome entry of Turkey to the
Why this deadly international silence on these two crimes against
International Law and humanity?
This is the only current problem with regard to Cyprus.
Aeghion, 26 November 2003.
Ambassador of Greece (ret.)
45 odos Aghion Apostolon
25100 Aeghion, Greece