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Non-revelations from a pseudo-patriot

EDEK leaderMarinos Sizopoulos

By Loucas Charalambous

WHAT surprises is not the pseudo-patriotic bravado of EDEK leader Marinos Sizopoulos but that President Anastasiades and his associates sounded so surprised by his irresponsible decision to release classified minutes of two National Council meetings.

Are we to believe they did not already know who Sizopoulos is and have only found out now that he started throwing stones in fear of some opinion polls that suggest his party is in danger of not winning any seats in the parliamentary elections? Sizopoulos simply proved one more time who he really is – a ruthless, irresponsible demagogue.

Meanwhile, one wonders what type of revelations Sizopoulos actually made. Was it a revelation that the two leaders agreed to the establishment of a constitutional court? And is it that strange that it would consist of an equal number of Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot judges with a foreigner as the president? This existed in the 1960 constitution of the Cyprus Republic to which Sizopoulos and his fellow travellers want to return.

I also wonder what all the fuss is about the voting rights of citizens after a settlement. He and the rest of the demagogues have literally gone berserk because all Greek Cypriots choosing to live in the Turkish Cypriot constituent state would vote for local authorities in their place of residence, but for the senate and Parliament in the Greek Cypriot constituent state.

In reality it is a non-existent issue. It is doubtful whether there would be more than a hundred Greek Cypriots who would choose to live in the Turkish Cypriot state. But let us assume that a bigger number did live there, are Sizopoulos, Papadopoulos and the rest of the demagogues being serious in treating this arrangement as injustice of epic proportions?

Is this our problem now? And is it not outrageous that they would keep the Cyprus problem unsolved because 100, 500 or 1000 Greek Cypriots living in the north would have to vote in our side’s parliamentary elections? Is their stupidity so great?

What they are proposing in reality is not to agree a settlement, not to take back Famagusta and other territories, to keep the occupation army here, to keep all the settlers here and to ignore the big economic development a solution would bring. And all this for what? Because they claim human rights would not be fully implemented as the few Greek Cypriots who would move to the north would not be able to vote for the deputies of the Turkish Cypriot state. This is how Sizopoulos et al think.

Another ‘revelation’ by Sizopoulos is also worth a couple of words. Some 114,000 Turkish settlers would stay on after a settlement, he complained. I do not know whether it would be so many, but what I do know is that Sizopoulos is one of the main culprits for this and should have been ashamed to protest and criticise President Anastasiades for this development.

If Sizopoulos and his party and the rest of the political scoundrels of the “resounding no” had voted for a settlement in 2004 only 41,000 settlers would have stayed. If after 12 years they have almost tripled in number, the extra 73,000 are now here because Sizopoulos and his ilk rejected the settlement in 2004. And if they had a modicum of political sensitivity over this political crime alone, they should have committed suicide.

As they have not chosen the honourable path, they should at least keep quiet instead of provoking with such incredible audacity, Anastasiades and everyone else who had the common sense, not only to foresee this disastrous development but also to warn back then that rejecting the settlement, apart from everything else, would multiply the number of settlers.

They would therefore do well to put aside their astonishing cheek, shut their mouths and stop posing as our saviours. Sizopoulos and his fellow demagogues should remember that with their criminal stupidity in 2004 they managed to triple the number of Turkish settlers.

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