Saturday, May 8, 2010

Cyprus has a long and ingrained Greek history

The Washington Times Prints CANA Letter To Editor: Cyprus has a long and ingrained Greek history
For Immediate Release: May 7, 2010

Contact: Nikolaos Taneris, New York, Tel. (917) 699-9935

The Friday, May 7, 2010 edition of The Washington Times, one of the most widely circulated political newspapers in America, published Cyprus Action Network of America (CANA) Press Officer, Nikolaos Taneris’ letter to the editor “Cyprus has a long and ingrained Greek history”, responding to former president of the Maryland American Turkish Association, letter “("There are Turkish Cypriots, too,". Taneris’ published letter to the editor highlights EOKA history, the Turkish military and Turkish Anti-Cypriot crimes in Cyprus, and will be read by thousands of Americans from political commentators to Washington insiders, think-tanks, foreign embassy workers and opinion makers. This is the caliber of smart activism that proves how pivotal CANA is for public relations of the Cyprus Cause to Americans.

The text of the letter appears below, followed by The Washington Times letter to which the letter responds. To see the Letter to the Editor online, visit (www.washingtontimes.com) and click on the 'Letters to the Editor' section, or try this link:

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/may/07/cyprus-has-a-long-and-ingrained-greek-history/

LETTER TO EDITOR: Cyprus has a long and ingrained Greek history


Friday, May 7 2010

Letters to the Editor
The Washington Times
3600 New York Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20002

To the Editor:

Cyprus gained its independence from the British Empire in 1960, but even the British Ministry of Defense could not deny that for 3,500 years, Cyprus' Greek identity of language and culture has been retained ("There are Turkish Cypriots, too," Letters, Monday).

Over the centuries, numerous empires have come and gone, and quite a few ethnic communities have blossomed in Cyprus: Armenians, Latins and even Arab Maronites. But it was the yoke of the British Empire that sought to force the impression of "two peoples" on the island in order to implement its partition plans. During the 1955-59 struggle to liberate Cyprus, not a single Turkish Cypriot participated. Instead, the British, with the aid of Turkey, established the Turkish terrorist organizations Volgan and TMT to attack Greek Cypriots and other communities, including even the Turkish Cypriots. It was the British who recruited the Turkish Cypriots into their police and security forces to crack down on anti-colonial activism.

The Turkish military invasion did not protect anyone's interests but those of the mass murderers and rapists who pillaged the property of anyone who was not Turkish. Scores of Greek and Armenian monasteries and churches have been forcibly converted into hotels and casinos, and the Turkish military recently went so far as to bulldoze a Neolithic settlement in order to plant Turkish flags. In his letter, Timur Edib, former president of the Maryland American Turkish Association, talks of the "balance" the Green Line has lent to Cyprus. Balance? Hardly. Just ask the multitudes of nationalities that were displaced forcibly or murdered by the Turkish military on the "Turkish-and-only-Turkish" side of the Attila Line.

NIKOLAOS TANERIS

Press officer, Cyprus Action Network of America

New York