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15 January 1998
Why we must not appease Turkey
Appeasing agressors never works. It did not work with Nazi Germany, or more recently Saddam's Iraq. So why should it now work with Demirel's Turkey?...

Appeasing agressors never works. It did not work with Nazi Germany, or more recently Saddam's Iraq. So why should it now work with Demirel's Turkey?

Take a moment to recall Turkey's track record; having not contented itself with the genocide of 1.5 million Armenians between 1915 and 1921 Turkey then embarked upon the ethnic cleansing of the Greeks of Asia Minor displacing over two million persons in 1922 and committing horrendous atrocities in the process. But as with the Armenians, the world turned a blind eye.

Throughout the 1950s Turkey continued to persecute Greeks culminating with the brutal invasion and occupation of the northern third of Cyprus in 1974. 200,000 Greek Cypriots were made refugees in their own homeland as a result of Turkey's ethnic cleansing ; over 1,500 persons are missing, 6,000 were killed, and 1,000 women were raped.

Since 1974 apartheid had been introduced into Europe. No Greek Cypriots are permitted to reclaim their stolen properties. More than 100,000 Anatolian Turks have been transported to Cyprus to colonise the stolen lands and to permanently alter the demographic composition of the island.

Because the world has turned a blind eye to Turkey's flagrant abuse of human rights in Cyprus, no solution has been found to this ongoing tradegy; Turkey simply ignores international demands for the return of all refugees; nor will it remove its army of occupation. Instead, Turkey is permitted to consolidate its hold over Cyprus.

Emboldened by this lack of action against it, Turkey carries on a war of genocide against the Kurds living in Turkey. 3,000 villages have been destroyed and millions ethnically cleansed. Once again the West appeases.

Indeed, the West is now trying to foist upon Greek Cypriot refugees a "solution" in Cyprus; refugees will be offered paltry compensation not to return to their homes, thus legitimising Turkey's theft of their lands.

But the refugees will not be so bribed; they will not accept compensationfor their title-deeds. They understand that aggressors must be resisted and not appeased.

If only the West would follow the example of the refugees and finally act against Turkey...

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