By Edmond Y. Azadian
Popular discontent and protests sweeping across the Arab world have also hit “The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus,” a client “state” created by Turkey after the invasion of the island in 1974. To this date no country has recognized that artificial “country” except the regime in Ankara.
Former Turkish Prime Minister Bulent Eçevit concocted an excuse at that time that Greek colonels, then ruling in Greece, had been plotting to unite Cyprus with Greece (Enosis) and launched an invasion under the pretext of defending the Turkish minority, which was not threatened in any way and was living with the Greek Cypriots rather harmoniously. A thirty-thousand-strong Turkish army occupied 38 percent of the island’s territory, where they have stayed ever since.
Turkey used the 1960 Geneva agreement to invade the island as the protector of the Turkish minority. Some population engineering was exercised by the mass moving of Anatolian peasants to Cyprus to change the demographic profile of Cyprus. At that time, Turkish Cypriots numbered 80,000, more than half of them with British passports. That figure was boosted to 260,000.
Journalists and historians to this date keep repeating the fake argument that the Greek colonels had engineered a coup by deposing the popularly-elected president, Archbishop Makarios, and installing an adventurer named Nikos Giorgiades Sampson, whose “rule” lasted little over a week, to provide enough time and excuse for Turkish forces to invade the independent island.
At that time US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger threatened Greece not to intervene, as otherwise it would face US forces on the way.