Fascist Philosophies Persist - Christofias
Fascist philosophies stemming from the time of the Greek Junta in the early 1970's still persist in Cyprus, said President Demetris Christofias speaking to the Greek parliament.
The Greek junta-backed coup in Cyprus which culminated in the Turkish invasion in 1974 "should have taught us a lot," said Christofias.
"I say we should have learned a great deal, because if someone studies attitudes, behaviours and perception, it can easily be seen that at times, unfortunately, we repeat the evil ourselves," he said.
The president used the example of the Golden Dawn organisation and other groups on the island with the same "destructive fascist philosophy and culture," he said, adding that "every democrat feels indignation and outrage when seeing a three-year-old child on the Internet chanting the slogan 'Long Live the Junta.'"
Cypriots have made mistakes which facilitated foreign designs on the island, he said.
"Some of the Greek-Cypriot community, even after 1960, remain wedded to the vision of Enosis, while extremists in the Turkish-Cypriot community continue to work on partition," he said.
Commenting on reunification talks with the Turkish-Cypriot community, Christofias said that "the solution to the Cyprus problem is long overdue." Members of the international community have started sending Christofias the message that they are "tired of dealing with the Cyprus issue," said the president.
"Those who send me this message should ask themselves whether they have done everything possible to contribute to a solution. The Cypriot people are eager for a solution," he said.
The Cyprus problem will be solved when Turkey finally decides to comply with UN Resolutions and with international and European law, said Christofias.
Results from the talks so far "are not good enough," he said.
"We had hoped to get further in the last two years. There is progress on governance, the economy and relations with the European Union. On the other hand there is a huge gap between the sides on property, land, citizenship, immigration, asylum, settlers, guarantees and security," added the president.
It is necessary to liberate and reunify Cyprus and create a peaceful, demilitarised island that is a common homeland for all its children, said Christofias.
The president was in Athens to address parliament and meet with Prime Minister George Papandreou to brief him on the recent New York meeting between himself, Turkish-Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon.
After the meeting in New York, both leaders agreed to intensify reunification talks with a view to overcoming the differences in their positions.
In comments following the president's address to the Greek parliament, Prime Minister George Papandreou said that Greco-Turkish relations would not be normalised until there is a solution on the island.
“We back Christofias’s efforts in the hope that the Turkish-Cypriot side will respond to his overture for an honorable solution,” Papandreou said in comments reported by Greek daily Kathimerini.