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Summer 2007 Issue 20

23 June 2007
Issue 20 quotations


“…the pillage, the destruction and the plundering of places of worship, of each and every religion, is a crime against humanity and civilisation.” 
Joint declaration of Pope Benedict XVI and the primate of the Greek Orthodox Church of Cyprus Archbishop Chrysostomos II, June 2007

“We visited 26 former Greek villages. We found not a single undesecrated cemetery... At Syngrasis, the church interior was smashed beyond recognition, littered with the remains of icons, pews and beer bottles. The broken crucifix was drenched in urine.”
The Guardian, 6 May 1976

“The Secretariat sought to mislead the international community through the Secretary-General's Reports and briefings it prepared, so as to pressure a small state effectively to accept the consequences of aggression by a large neighbouring state allied to two permanent members of the Security Council… a significant opportunity to reach an agreed settlement was lost as a result of the conduct of the UN Secretariat, advised by the USA and the UK.”
Claire Palley, in ‘An International Relations Debacle’, 2005

“… but you’ve got it all wrong, hasn’t anyone told you that our plan here is for partition?”
Former US acting Secretary of State George Ball to former naval intelligence officer Martin Packard, Cyprus, 1964

“If Ankara’s actions in Cyprus do not constitute ethnic cleansing, the term has no meaning.” 
The Washington Times, 18 November 1999

“Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor, it must be demanded by the oppressed”
Martin Luther King Jr