By Loucas Charalambous
THE IMMOVABLE Property Commission operating in the north has so far paid out a total of €240 million in compensation to Greek Cypriots for properties in the occupied area, Phileleftheros reported on Tuesday.
This amount, according to the paper, related to 619 applications for compensation that had been examined and approved so far and represented 12 million square metres of land. The total number of applications submitted was 6,076. In short, 10 per cent of applications submitted have been settled.
The paper published other very interesting information. For example, in the three-year period 2011-2013 some 4,864 applications had been submitted to the commission of the total submitted in the eight-year period 2006-2013. In other words, 80 per cent of applications by Greek Cypriots for the sale of their properties to Turkey were submitted in the last two years of the Christofias administration and the first years of president Anastasiades’ term in office.
I do not know if these numbers say anything to our illustrious political wizards. Personally, I do not think they are worried about them. If we consider that the only thing they are really interested in is their political careers, anything that helps maintain the status quo – that is, partition – must satisfy them as it serves their personal ambitions.
I have explained in the past that the political careers of our demagogues have been built for 40 years now on the exploitation of the Cyprus problem. If one day the problem ceased to exist they would have nothing to focus their demagoguery on, deceiving the victims of the Turkish invasion that they were working night and day to restore their rights. Things are so simple.
The huge number of citizens applying to the commission in order to sell their properties appears to be a result of their realisation that what they are hearing from our political demagogues about liberation, return of the refugees, etc are nothing more than obscene lies, cheap slogans and cynical populism. Nobody believes them any longer as recent polls seem to indicate – 80 per cent of people consider them corrupt crooks.
Of particular interest is the information that the big wave of applications began in 2011. Until 2010 many had believed Christofias’ false promise that he would be the president of a settlement. But this myth was exposed as the former leader of AKEL, for the sake of preserving his alliance with DIKO, torpedoed the negotiations which paved the way for Mehmet Ali Talat’s defeat to Dervis Eroglu in the elections in the north.
Even the most gullible fool realised that Christofias was no different to his predecessor, Tassos Papadopoulos, and that there was no possibility of a settlement. More or less the same applies to Anastasiades who has caused great disappointment to those who had naively hoped that he would pursue a settlement.
It has been proved that he is no different to Christofias, who was no different to Papadopoulos, who was no different to Spyros Kyprianou. They all showed that from the moment they sat in the presidential chair their only concern was to stay in it. A settlement would mean the loss of that chair and none of them was ready for such a big sacrifice.
So while our politicians continued to engage in the familiar demagoguery, Greek Cypriots with properties in the north seem to have decided to solve the Cyprus problem on their own, by selling their properties to Turkey. This is also a solution – a bad solution, but still a solution.
People have, at long last, realised that partition does not bother our political demagogues who are not prepared to risk their careers to stop it happening. The politicians still have the gall to attack those who apply to the Commission, accusing them of committing treason by selling their properties, while ignoring the fact that they have committed the biggest treason by making partition permanent.