Turkey Trying To Legitimise Invasion And Occupation, Government Says

I do not usually paste articles, but EOKA/Akritas Plan are very relevant to this discussion.

The GCs were not afraid!

They supported EOKA and their main leaders drafted the Akritas Plan, which eventually led to what you all now call EOKA B, the coup and the ultimate Turkish invasion.

EOKA DAY

“Greek Cypriot National Day is annually observed by the Cypriots on April 1. It commemorates the establishment of EOKA, a Greek Cypriot nationalist organization.

EOKA was organized in the 1950s to fight for country’s independence from Britain and unification between Greece and Cyprus. The major event was on April 1, 1955, when the organization started military actions against Britain. It launched simultaneous attacks on the British controlled Cyprus Broadcasting Station in Nicosia, on the British Army’s Wolseley barracks and on targets in Famagusta.

The military struggle continued till 1959 hoping that the British would grant their petition. EOKA declared a cease fire on August 16, 1960 under the Zürich agreement. According to it, Cyprus achieved independence from the United Kingdom, but the union with Greece was denied.

Celebration of Greek Cypriot National Day has a religious character. People, especially students and members of the institutions, attend churches. Schools organize educational programs to educate students about the history behind the EOKA fight.”

You may also want to remind yourself about the Akritas Plan, old bean…

FORMATION OF THE AKRITAS PLAN

Leaders of the Greek Cypriots had expressed their disapproval with the constitution and of their failure to achieve Enosis (union with Greece). A plan of action was required to firstly alter regime (where power and government positions were given on the criteria of religion, instead of qualifications), to declare a referendum, and according to the result to achieve Enosis. It was called the Akritas plan.

The Akritas plan was drawn by the minister of the interior who was a close associate of the Greek Cypriot leader Archbishop Makarios, although there is no evidence that Makarios advocated the Akritas plan. The plan’s course of action was to firstly persuade the world community that too many rights had been given to the Turkish Cypriots and the constitution had to be re-written if the government was to be workable. Britain and the USA had to be convinced that the Turkish Cypriots need have nothing to fear from Greek Cypriot political dominance of the island. The next step of the plan was to cancel international treaties that existed to safeguard the republic. If a way could be found to legally dissolve the treaties, then Union with Greece would be possible. The Treaties and Guarantees had been put into place by Britain, Greece and Turkey, they existed to safeguard the Republic and to protect the rights of the Greek and Turkish Cypriots. The plan stated that if the Turkish Cypriots objected the changes and “attempted to block them by force,” then they should be ‘’violently subjugated before foreign powers could intervene’’

In November 1963, the Greek Cypriot leader Makarios made a 13 point proposal to make the constitution more workable, these were rejected by the Turkish Cypriot Leadership on 16 December 1963, which said that the proposed amendments would undermine the constitution and weaken the Turkish Cypriot wing of the government.

Between 21–22 December 1963 up to 133 Turkish Cypriots were killed by Greek Cypriots in what became known by Turkish Cypriots as Bloody Christmas.[5] About a quarter of the Turkish Cypriots, some 25,000 or so, subsequently fled their homes and lands and moved into enclaves.

Source : http://cyprus-mail.com/2017/08/18/turkey-trying-legitimise-invasion-occupation-government-says/

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