IN THE past 70 years or so, the Cypriot people have been fed false hopes and impossible dreams consistently cultivated by the Right and extreme Right in Cyprus and Greece, former president Demetris Christofias said on Wednesday night, during the presentation of his book.
The book is called How Necessity Becomes History, a verse taken from the Greek song Rosa.
The song refers to Rosa Luxemburg a Marxist theorist, philosopher, and revolutionary socialist of Polish-Jewish descent who became a German citizen. She was summarily executed by the Freikorps in 1919.
He said his book was a fusion of autobiography and elements from the island’s modern history in the past 70 years.
“One of the basic conclusions, is that in the past 70 years or so, the Cypriot people have been fed with filled with self-delusions and illusions and uphold false hopes and impossible dreams consistently and stubbornly cultivated by the Right and extreme Right in Cyprus and Greece,” he said.
According to Christofias, Cyprus’ modern history was characterised by the continuous conflict between what was desirable and what was feasible,
“During all these years, the respective Turkish elite, together with the Turkish Cypriot Right, lie in wait and with the help of Anglo-American imperialism, they exploit the continuous slip-ups of the Greek Cypriot Right, and advance their own vision of imposing Cyprus’ partition,” he said.
The former president said the people, Greek and Turkish Cypriot, were the main victims in this grotesque procedure, always paying a heavy price in human and material sacrifices.
His book, he said, aimed to reveal truths the Right had buried for decades “forging the modern history of our country and our people.”
He said there were painful truths that he thought people had to know and accept.
“Revealing the truth would work as a beacon for the new generation that did not live through the events when they happened,” Christofias said.
The former president said his book could raise a storm of reaction from people who were affected, as well as the media.