Monday, July 21, 2008

Cyprus solution, please

Washington Post July 20 2008
By Kathryn Cameron Porter

Thirty-four years after the Turkish military invasion of Cyprus, the illegal occupation continues, perpetuating the division of the island and its people which the United States has allowed to go on since Henry Kissinger duplicitously handed Turkey a piece of the small island nation.

More than three decades later, there is one Turkish soldier for every two Turkish Cypriot citizens for a total of 43,000 occupying troops, a staggering figure that far exceeds U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

Tragically, human rights abuses are widespread in the 37 percent of Cyprus' landmass which remains under Turkish occupation and control. Meanwhile, nearly 200,000 Greek Cypriots have been forced from their homes, becoming refugees in their own country. Waves of unlawful settlers numbering 160,000 have been transferred from the Turkish mainland onto Cyprus (with a total population of 800,000) in a systematic effort to change the demographic composition of the island — a clear violation of international humanitarian law. The displacement of Greek Cypriots illustrates Turkey's sinister intention to achieve soft ethnic cleansing.

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Comment: It's hard for me to be proud to be an American when I see my country support Muslim mass murderers in Kosovo and the Turks in Cyprus.

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