Monthly Archives: February 2004

Archives February 29, 2004 posted by

Patriotism the last refuge for our political scoundrels

THIS column will not commit the mistake of dealing with the ongoing ‘negotiations.’ I have expressed the opinion, for some time now, that this procedure (unless Turkey has some other surprises in store) will not lead to any substantial change and that when we get to the referenda, we will have before us the Annan peace plan.

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Please allow students to work

Sir, I am a student from India, studying in Cyprus. I want to know why the government is not allowing students to work in Cyprus. Students are going through a difficult time trying to survive on the little money they have. Surely the government could impose some rules on the work permit: for instance it could be conditional on full attendance of classes by a student.

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Think twice before voting ‘no’

Sir, I have been following the political developments of Cyprus for several years and my hopes have risen recently for the latest round of negotiations based on the Annan Plan. I believe that it is simply the best opportunity for reuniting a divided land. However, polls suggest that the majority of Greek Cypriots would reject the plan.

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We must change the mindset of centuries

Sir, Born and brought up in Istanbul and for the past 50 years an American citizen, I read with great interest the article by Panayiotis Demetriou (‘We need good will for a solution to work’, February 18). He is absolutely right in his analysis and I admire his optimism. Unfortunately the psychological changes that have to be made by both sides are very difficult.

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Why we need to understand instructions

Sir, I have been following with great interest, the debate begun by the letter from Will Howard. Joining in, I would like to mention my experience with a drain cleaning product purchased from our local shop. No instructions were given by the seller and I could not read the printed instructions, as they were in Greek.

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Erdogan’s game of double bluff

Sir, “Who is Tayyip Erdogan?” asks Jean Christou (February 15). Mr Erdogan is a man who understands that QMV (qualified majority voting) is why Turkey will never be accepted as a member of the EU. As such, he has decided to play a game of bluffing with Germany in seeming to desire a solution for the Cyprus problem.

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Cash for compensation: make the cronies pay

Sir Thank you to Patroclos for always delivering me with as many laughs for my morning coffee as one would hope for in the midst of lamenting another weekend soon to be over. I can’t help but want to add one small comment to last Sunday’s Coffeeshop. You write: ”The plan wants Greek Cypriot to compensate Greek Cypriots who will not be getting their property back.

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Archives February 28, 2004 posted by

PUT UP OR SHUT UP

The time has come for the leaders of both sides of the island to put up or shut up, members of the international community said yesterday. And while diplomats and those close to the negotiations still believe that the two sides can reach a viable agreement, avoiding the need for guarantor powers Greece and Turkey to get involved by the March 22 deadline, few are willing to stake any money on it.

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Greek Press

SIMERINI: “They’re being inexcusably tolerant with Denktash”. DISY leader Nicos Anastassiades said that there should be no more proposals outside the Annan plan parameters. “But there is,” he said, “a stage that deliberations with the Greek and Turkish side will take place, as well as a final stage where the UN Secretary-general will have a definitive role in shaping the plan.

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