LAST MONDAY was a day of historical significance for Morphou. Another fighter was added to the long list of patriots in the struggle to secure the return of Morphites to their occupied town. And what a fighter! The President of Greece, Prokopis Pavlopoulos.
During a solemn ceremony in Nicosia, President Pavlopoulos was declared an “honorary citizen of Morphou” by another tireless fighter for the return of the town – the mayor from afar Charalambos Pittas – who handed him a key that he christened the “Key of Morphou”.
It was impressive that a new citizen of Morphou wasted no second in noisily joining the struggle for the liberation of Morphou. Speaking at the ceremony, Pavlopoulos said: “As a citizen of Morphou, I am obliged from now on to defend the freedom of Cyprus and Morphou, using as our shield the institutional weapons we are provided by the fact that Cyprus is a full member of the European Union and the hard core of the Eurozone.” (Until now I had the mistaken impression that we belonged to the soft core of the Eurozone, but I am pleased to be informed that we are in the hard core).
Now that President Pavolopoulos is obliged to defend the freedom of Cyprus and Morphou, dear readers, I will sleep like a baby. I am not worried and I have no doubt, having Pavlopoulos in the ranks of the struggle for its return, it will be only a matter of time before we triumphantly enter beautiful Morphou led by him and Pittas on horseback. I just hope the mayor has given Pavlopoulos the liberation programme for Morphou so he can be present and lead the procession of our liberation forces.
According to this programme, the next battle involves the siege of the embassies of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council in Nicosia. On August 14, as happens every year, the Morphou liberation forces, with Pittas leading them (I hope this year he will be joined by Pavlopoulos) will lay siege to the embassies of the US, Britain, France, China and Russia. Security staff will not allow them entry into the embassy grounds and so, like every year, they will have to hand the resolution for the liberation of Morphou through the railings to some underling.
I hope Mayor Pittas has informed his new citizen about this so that Pavlopoulos, who “from now on will defend the freedom of Morphou” will organise his schedule so that he is also present. I do not know if he has booked a holiday at that time, but I am sure he would not hesitate to sacrifice this vacation when his patriotic duty calls on him to defend the freedom of his new town at the gates of the embassies in Nicosia.
I also hope that Pittas did not forget to inform the prominent new citizen of Morphou that on October 9 we have the traditional annual liberation struggle at Astromeritis. The lion-hearted, honorary citizen of Morphou, Pavlopoulos, I expect will be there to lead the liberation march in the direction of the town, which, however, will stop at the last field in Astromeritis before the buffer zone where – like every year – the liberation resolution will be given to an UNFICYP sergeant.
I am certain the mayor has given President Pavlopoulos a programme of the future struggles and “from now on” we will have him here with us, on the frontline of the struggles for the much-desired return to Morphou, about which he made a special mention in his speech on Monday. “There is a decision that, in any case, after a settlement Morphou will be under Greek Cypriot administration,” he assured. (I do not know where Pavlopoulos heard about this decision because I have never heard of it).
I bet Mayor Pittas forgot to inform his new citizen that 12 years ago the Turkish Cypriots offered to return Morphou to its residents but the latter made the mistake of voting against it. They said they did not want Morphou back and gifted it to the Turkish Cypriots living there. He would have been careful not to mention this because if Pavlopoulos heard this he may have lost his appetite for the struggle.
He might not have accepted the ‘key’ he was given, if he learnt that it was just an imitation key and that the real key had been gifted by his new fellow citizens to their Turkish Cypriot countrymen 12 years ago.