Saturday, December 09, 2006

[menage a trois] cyprus, turkey and the eu

Cyprus said on Friday it would get tough over Turkey's EU membership negotiations if its EU partners accepted a last-ditch offer from Ankara to avert partial suspension of talks. Sound complicated?

Basically, Turkey offered to open a major port to Cyprus to normalise trade with EU member states but there appeared to be conditions and that was something up with which Nicosia would not put.

Cyprus has already rejected the Turkish offer, saying it comes with conditions unacceptable to their side. The European Commission suggested slowing down Turkish accession talks by suspending 8 of 35 negotiation areas, or chapters. Cyprus wants any suspension twinned with a specific clause for review of Turkey's progress in opening its ports and airports to Cyprus. Turkey said it would also be prepared to open an airport to Cypriot commercial flights but expected the opening of a port and an airport in Turkish Cypriot northern Cyprus in return.

The EU admitted divided Cyprus as a member in 2004, represented only by Greek Cypriots. Ankara supports a breakaway Turkish Cypriot administration in the occupied north, where it keeps 30,000 troops.

Question - what can be done? Having been in Cyprus and spoken with local businesspeople, what comes through clearly is that they won't have a bar of the invading Turks. They'd fight to the death, if necessary. Having some Turks as clients over here, you can imagine their point of view, although they'd hardly fight to the death over it.

I see a similar situation in the UK with the Scots getting right up English nostrils and 'less than friendly attitudes' coming down from the north. Don't know the solution here either but it does seem that we're in a process of fragmentation and splitting into smaller and smaller ethnic units, opposed to their neighbours. Ossetia, for example.

Now you'll disagree, most like, but I see this as divide and rule. The globalists can't fight empires such as the British but they can pick off individual countries who are effectively ruled from Brussels. Therefore the divisions and grievances between England and its outer members are allowed full sway and even exacerbated.

Once Europe has total sway, then it's a small step to fit it into the North American and Greater Asian Federation structure and eventually, the millennia old process is completed - global government and you can guess who'll head that.

4 comments:

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

That's an interesting analysis, James. I'd never thought of it like that but agree with you that we appear to be becoming more, not less, fragmented and there's got to be something behind it. You may well be right.

Gracchi said...

Just as a response don't you think this is a movement that is just bringing us back to a historical equilibrium. To take an example Britain is a very odd creation- there have been as many as 12 or 13 seperate kingdoms on the main island of Britain- take Germany where there were until the 1790s over three hundred independent states or take France a creation of the last six hundred years, where before the ancient Kingdoms and Duchies of Normandy, Maine, Aquitaine, Gascony endured for years. All of our countries are relatively modern I wonder if this is just the flow of history taking us away from the forms that we have now onto new forms just as happened throughout the twentieth and nineteenth century.

james higham said...

WCL - thanks once again. Tiberius - I do agree it's historical equilibrium but this is not to say it isn't induced.

Aquilifer said...

"Once Europe has total sway, then it's a small step to fit it into the North American and Greater Asian Federation structure and eventually, the millennia old process is completed - global government and you can guess who'll head that."

*Me*, of course! :-)

And yes, it really will be that simple [laughs evilly]....