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Remarks by Ambassador Doherty at The Economist Conference, Hilton Hotel, Nicosia, Cyprus. It is great to be here with you today. I would like. Australia-Cyprus Relationship. General/economic. Information on the relationship between Australia and Cyprus is available here. A. TURKISH-U.S. RELATIONS UP TO THE EMERGENCE OF THE CYPRUS PROBLEM. The history of the Turkish-American relations dates back to the early .
Another positive outcome of these discussions was that the Cypriot delegation met with U. Under the auspices of the U. Chamber of Commerce, representatives from several leading American companies talked frankly about how to make the Cypriot investment climate more appealing to current and prospective investors.
There are some other important developments to note. The United States and Cyprus are working together to combat tax evasion. I am also glad to hear that Cyprus is planning to adopt the Common Reporting Standard — or CRS — in accounting, on January 1, thus contributing to the global effort against hidden money abroad. I believe Cyprus has a lot to offer American and foreign investors and entrepreneurs. I also believe Cyprus is a place companies should consider for their regional operations, given the conditions elsewhere in this part of the globe.
The United States strongly supports the efforts of the two leaders, their teams and of the United Nations. We have long believed in the promise of an undivided island. Over a thirty year period, the U. We also funded activities related to energy conservation, banking, trade, and skills development. We hope these shared experiences will provide a foundation for a new future.
A settlement will give hope to all who believe that nothing is impossible. We all could use this hope: Just kilometers away, the deteriorating situation in Syria has compelled more than four million to flee their homes.
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These are the ones we know about, the ones who have registered with The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. There are perhaps hundreds of thousands unknown and unregistered.
A significant number of those migrants have been joined by hundreds of thousands of others from Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Yemen in search of prospects for a better future for themselves and their families. This is the largest refugee crisis since World War II. The European Union is in the process of designing a system that would allow those with legitimate asylum claims to normalize their status.
The United States is also taking steps to resettle the most vulnerable populations. We will raise the number of Syrian refugees admitted to at least 10, in from just under 2, in We will also increase the number of worldwide refugees accepted each year tobyrepresenting a significant increase over the current annual cap of 70, We will continue to examine responses to a refugee crisis that has overwhelmed Europe. Cyprus has not had the inflow of refugees as other countries in the region have had.
The main reason for this is simple: Cyprus is an island, and far from other countries in the European Union. But Cyprus has picked up several hundred refugees in distress in nearby seas, and has been actively supporting a broader European approach in finding a solution. The United States has been helping Cyprus on emerging maritime humanitarian issues, including conducting regular search and rescue exercises — which will also help with broader maritime safety and security issues.
The way in which we all address this refugee crisis will have profound consequences on the region and the future. Its spread of violence, poses a threat to all of us, though even more so to countries nearer to the places where it has taken root. We all need to confront the threat from terrorism together.
Speaking globally, we have to deny safe haven to terrorists, disrupt the flow of foreign fighters, block access to financing, and expose the lies that terrorist groups propagate — and that is particularly challenging in this world. We all need to look at some of the reasons why terrorists have set up roots.
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We need to improve governance and enhance economic opportunities for all but particularly young people so that radicalization is less appealing.
Regretfully, given the state of the world, there is much more that could be said about the threats and challenges we all face and need to address together. And that brings me back to the beginning of my remarks, back to Cyprus. Because here the story is different: Though the challenge of reaching an agreement is great, we should all be encouraged by the vision and the commitment of the two leaders, Nikos Anastasiades and Mustafa Akinci. Cyprus became part of the Kingdom of Alexander the Great.
Throughout the first century B. Christianity was introduced during their reign by the apostles Paul, Mark and Barnabas. Then Byzantine period began and it lasted until King Richard Coeur de Lion conquered the island in the 12th century.
After that, Cyprus came under the rule of the Lusignan family. Guy de Lusignan lived only two years after assuming control inbut his dynasty ruled Cyprus for more than three centuries. In Cyprus became part of the Republic of Venice. During their rule feudalism was introduced and the people of the island became serfs. The island remained as a part of Turkey for more than three centuries and during this period Turkish and Greek Cypriots were able to live side by side.
Turkish villages and farms were next to Greeks. Also, after the conquest, Turks abolished feudalism and restored the Greek Orthodox Church to its former position. By abolishing the aristocratic order the Greek Orthodox Church became the central institution in the Greek Cypriot community.
The Church was authorized to collect state taxes. On the other hand Sultans gave additional privileges to the archbishops and strengthened their power. They also ended the Latin persecution of the Greek speaking Christians and encouraged Turkish settlers to go to Cyprus and form a Turkish Cypriot community. Cyprus remained under Ottoman rule until In that year through a bilateral treaty, the Ottoman Empire allowed Great Britain to take over the administration of the island in exchange for British agreement to assist Turkey in its defense against Russia.
During the Berlin Conference, Britain forced Russians to give up the territories they captured and the Sultan wanted the support of Britain to continue the war.
Before that the British had been offered Cyprus three times in yearsand However this time the situation was different. In the mood of seeing the British administration as a step toward Enosis, Greek Cypriots welcomed the rule of the British. The Turkish community protested against such talks and argued that Britain should return the island to Turks if such a possibility occurs.
At the outbreak of the first World War, when Turkey joined forces with Germany and its allies inGreat Britain annexed the island by renouncing the Convention. Turkey recognized the British annexation, through the Treaty of Lausanne of During these years while Turkish Government encouraged the emigration, the British Government created difficulties in order to have a Turkish community in Cyprus against the Greek community.
Venizelos supposed that Britain would grant self-government to Cyprus and dreamed of attaining Enosis that way. However such an expectation did not prevent uprising in Cyprus, which aimed at a union with Greece.
After that event the British imposed strict restrictions on nationalistic activities. Turks, on the other hand, were willing to accept the proposal. This state of affairs forced Greek governments to live by the Cyprus policy of Venizelos until the end of the Second World War in When the war finished the leaders of the uprising returned to Cyprus and started their activities to unite Cyprus with Greece again.
Up to s Greek Governments did not support the Enosis struggle of Greek Cypriots, however they made it known that they looked favorably upon it. They were not in a position to think of the unification of Cyprus with Greece.
However became a significant year in the history of Cyprus. As a result Ninety-six percent of those voting preferred Enosis. Also in that year Archbishop Makarios III, who had been enthroned as the new archbishop of Cyprus, declared that he would spend all his life-time energy for Enosis.
After that event Makarios threatened the Greek Prime Minister Sophocles Venizelos, inby saying that he would expose him to the Greek people for not taking the Cyprus issue to the United Nations.
In Makarios was still hopeful that the U. Yet, since Greek public opinion strongly supported Enosis init became inevitable. Through the end ofMakarios changed his plans to solve the unification problem of Cyprus. Those, who opposed it would be treated as traitors and would be killed. Such was the case that the suppressed desire for uniting with Greece reerupted again. Bombs exploded at British army and police stations indicating the beginning of a guerrilla war which was to continue for four years.
Greek Cypriots fought under the leadership of George Grivas, however their goal of Enosis remained unmet and unresolved. In and Greece adopted again peaceful methods and appealed to the U. As Denktash has pointed out in his book called The Cyprus Triangle after that period, things became worse. The following years, until the end ofwere marked by intercommunal and inter-Greek violence which, by the summer ofhad assumed all the characteristics of a civil war During the early s Turkish policymakers refused to accept that there was a Cyprus question as such.
As I have mentioned above they were satisfied with the British sovereignty because it prevented the Soviet expansionism. Turkish leaders most of the time emphasized that they did not see any reason for a change in the status quo of Cyprus. However they were expecting other nations and Britain to respect the rights of Turkey in Cyprus. We can at that point conclude that during the beginning of s Turkey did not determined a Cyprus policy.
Due to this fact the Turkish governments were willing to compromise in Cyprus. On the other hand during these years Turkish leaders were trying to better their relations with Greek leaders, through the Balkan Pact.
Although Turkish leaders insisted on the idea that Cyprus was an internal affair of Britain, after attacks of EOKA, they began to talk about reverting the island to Turkey. Cyprus should be in the hands of either Turkey or a Middle Eastern country allied to Turkey. However the London Conference was not the only gathering at which Greece and Turkey had different points of view: Therefore in the Menderes decade Turkish policy on Cyprus emphasized the British sovereignty over the island, and as an alternative focused on the partition thesis.
Cyprus in those years was not regarded as the sole and ultimate problem of Turkey. The aim of the concentration on this period, is to emphasize the importance of these years in understanding the conflict of Cyprus. If Cyprus issue remains as a long-standing problem today, and if the two communities, Greek and Turkish Cypriots, still do not speak the same language, then one should go back to the beginning of the conflict and reconsider its origins.
The conflict started in the s, but the most important period, which covers the initiation stage of the conflict as I stated above is the one between For centuries the Greek Cypriots and the Turkish Cypriots had lived together in mixed villages or separate villages which were close to one another. However, during the twentieth century, the idea of Enosis and becoming literate, that is reading and interpreting over the cruelties of the other nation, separated the two communities.
Due to these events, intercommunal violence occurred and it increased in the late s. At the very beginning of the problem a fatal mistake had been done. In the end of the s, the foreign ministers of Turkey, Greece and England agreed on some treaties that answered their own needs. The desires and expectations of the two communities were not taken into consideration. The representatives of the Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities had to sign the treaties with little enthusiasm.
They did not have the chance to talk for themselves, instead Britain, Turkey and Greece did the job. As a result of this event tensions and suspicions were heightened. This reluctant situation prepared a basis for unwarranted and brutal events in, and In the beginning of thethe British government was fed up with the continuing EOKA warfare, not only because it was costly but because they wanted to get rid of the island. During those years British leaders had adopted the idea of arranging some military bases, rather than keeping the whole island for their military needs.
Greek leaders, on the other hand, inhad no hope of achieving Enosis through bringing the problem to the U. Also there was the possibility of the enactment of partition thesis of the Turks. Turkish administration was calling for compromise and was rejecting the Enosis plans of Greeks. So when Greece wanted to have negotiations, Turks immediately accepted the offer.
On 19 February, following a conference in London, attended by the representatives of Britain, Turkey, Greece, and the two Cypriot communities, an agreement was signed for the final settlement of the Cyprus dispute. With the abandonment of British rule the two communities came face to face, however they were not yet ready.
The Zurich and London agreements prohibited Enosis and the two national communities became co-founder partners. Also during those agreements, basic structure of the Republic of Cyprus was drafted. According to this draft the State of Cyprus was going to be a Republic with a presidential regime, the President being Greek and the Vice-President being Turkish. Also the Turkish Cypriot Vice-President was granted a veto right.
The Zurich-London Settlement was welcomed both in Turkey and in Menderes administration, as it was not against the national interests of Turks. The Turks were convinced that from now on Cyprus was not going to unite with Greece. Another important thing during the agreements was the attitude of British leaders towards the Turkish Cypriots: Instead they were recognized as one of the two communities in the island. On the other hand in settlement, Britain maintained sovereignty over two bases in Cyprus.
British colonial administration continued until 16 August when as a joint bicommunal state, the Republic of Cyprus was founded. According to the constitution the government divided into executive, legislative and judicial branches.
Turkish Cypriot Vice-President had the right to veto like the members of the House of Representatives. Greek and Turkish were chosen as the two official languages and both communities had the right to celebrate Greek and Turkish national holidays. The constitution required that both Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots be represented in the civil service at the ratio of 70 to 30 percent and civil disputes like religious matters and personal status were to be tried in communal courts.
The highest judicial organs, the Supreme Constitutional Court and the High Court of Justice, had to be presided over by neutral presidents. Besides these separate municipalities were conceived for Greek and Turkish Cypriots in the five largest towns of the island.
The establishment of the municipalities became one of the most controversial issue between the two communities, because Greek Cypriots thought that such laws could lead to partition whereas Turkish Cypriots thought that through them Greek Cypriots could weaken their separate communal identity.
However they went into effect on August 16, Having the Republic of Cyprus of the one part, and Greece, Turkey and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland of the other part, the treaty of Guarantee, provided that Greece, Turkey and Britain would ensure the independence, territorial integrity and security of the Republic of Cyprus as regulated by the Basic Articles of its constitution.
The Treaty also banned the participation of the Republic of Cyprus, in whole or in part, with any political or economic union. Greece, Turkey and the United Kingdom were set about to repress any activity aiming at the partition or the union of the island with any other nation. The Republic of Cyprus, Greece, and Turkey were to respect the integrity of the areas retained under United Kingdom sovereignty. If joint actions were not possible then these states had the right to act independently.
This treaty engaged the Republic of Cyprus, Greece and Turkey in their common desire to uphold peace and to preserve the security of each of them. The parties accepted to co-operate for their common defense and to resist any attack directed to the territorial integrity of the Republic of Cyprus. Articles I and II. In order to achieve this, a Tripartite Headquarters was going to be established on the territory of the Cyprus and Greece and Turkey were going to participate in it.
Greece and Turkey were permitted to deploy and military personnel to Cyprus to protect the island and train its army. The command of the Tripartite Headquarters were going to be assumed in rotation.
The Republic of Cyprus was going to include the island of Cyprus together with the islands lying off its coast except the two areas, which should remain under the sovereignty of the United Kingdom. The Republic of Cyprus was going to co-operate fully with the United Kingdom to ensure the security and effective operation of the military bases situated in the Akrotiri Sovereign Base Area and the Dhekelia Sovereign Base Area, and the full enjoyment by the United Kingdom of the rights conferred by this Treaty.
The Republic of Cyprus, Greece, Turkey, and the United Kingdom were going to co-operate in the common defense of Cyprus and the agreements concerning the status of forces in the island should be enacted as it is determined in the Treaty. Article 3 and 4. According to that Treaty the Republic of Cyprus and the United Kingdom accepted to carry out the necessary financial and administrative arrangements to settle questions arising out of the termination of British administration in the territory of the Republic of Cyprus.
They also undertook to carry out the arrangements concerning trade, commerce and other matters. Because they had problems at home, Turks maintained an optimistic point of view. They tried to ignore the fact that one day Greeks and Greek Cypriots might try other ways to achieve Enosis.
As mentioned above the Treaties were not contrary to the expectations of Turkey. Also the treaties enabled Turks to gain back some of the rights they had lost in So such treaties were considered as success and they directed the Turkish Republic to have a complacent behavior. Greeks on the other hand saw Treaties as a step towards the Enosis. Greek leaders never considered the settlement as a final status for the island but as a stage.
For the Turkish Cypriots Zurich and London agreements, although put aside the partition thesis, were good, because they put an end to Enosis plans. After the Zurich-London agreements Makarios did not like the proposed settlement.
Before agreeing to it, he personally consulted with Greek Cypriots, however he was advised to accept it by the Greece Government. The constitution became effective on the day Cyprus became a republic. However as later Makarios would emphasize on 8 Novemberthe eternal desire of Greek Cypriots was to unite with motherland Greece and their only and invariable aim was Enosis.
They desired to unite Cyprus as a whole with the national body. However it was clear from the beginning that Makarios had neither intended to go on with a bi-national state nor support it. It became clear very soon after the independence that the Greek Cypriots did not intend to live by the Constitution. Although with the establishment of the Constitution, the independence and sovereignty of the island was transferred to an equal partnership between the two communities, many controversies occurred just after the founding of the Republic.
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Independence did not guarantee the reconciliation. Several problems occurred in the interpretation and working of the Constitution.
As mentioned before, both communities were already not satisfied with the enactment of the constitution and one side was also looking for a trouble.
Problems which occurred only contributed to the distrust between the two parties. According to the Constitution the army of the Republic was going to have two thousand men; 60 percent Greeks, 40 percent Turks. However the formation of the army, that is whether it will be separate or mixed was not mentioned.
Then the development of the national army ceased. Other problems arose in the application of the seven-to three ratio of employment in government agencies. Counteraction developed in regarding the status of municipalities. They accused each other of violating the Constitution and they wanted the Supreme Constitutional Court to rule on them and the taxes gathered.
The Greek Cypriots wanted to end the separate Turkish Cypriot municipal councils permitted by the British Government inand recognized in Colonial Administration. For them these municipalities were the first stage on the way to the partition they feared. So byMakarios, who was against separate municipalities, proposed unification of them and Turks representation in proportion to their population in each town.
One should remember the fact that seeing Turks as a minority was a part of Greek Cypriot policy. They were looking for a trouble and the Turks insisting on the On the other hand Turks did not want any revision on the Constitution. During these events the Turkish Republic forced and warned Makarios to obey the Constitution and showed their determined attitude that they would not let anyone change the rights of Turkish Cypriots given by the agreements.
In November President Makarios proposed 13 amendments to the Constitution, containing Greek revision demands of previous years. The proposals, although had some items looking like favoring Turkish Cypriots, completely served the needs of Greek Cypriots. Other things Makarios proposed were to remove the veto powers of the President and the Vice-President, to unify the municipalities, to reduce the Turkish Cypriot component in the civil and military arms of government.
Other features of the proposals were to have the Greek Cypriot President and the Turkish Cypriot Vice-President elected by the Greek Cypriot dominated House of Representatives as a whole not by the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot members separatelyand to abolish the separate community voting on fiscal, electoral and some other matters.
Also the timing of Makarios, in offering proposals, was perfect because during this time Turkish Government was threatened by severe cabinet crisis and proposal past with minimum notice. S avoided direct involvement in the problem because Britain was on stage. During and U. The island became a determining factor between the United States and Turkey in the s. Before that the two nations did not have a disagreement about Cyprus. Henze in his book Turkish Democracy and the American Alliance mentioned about Cyprus as an attractive but troublesome island and said that U.
When controversies occurred in the enactment of the Cyprus Constitution, U. However after the upheaval of the events following municipality disputes, U. The Greek Cypriot side, on the basis of a well prepared plan called the Akritas plan, attacked the Turkish Cypriots. Both sides, Turkish Cypriots and Greek Cypriots, undertook the crisis in a different way and accused the other of being guilty.
According to the Turkish Cypriots, the Greek Cypriots tried to demonstrate to the whole world that Cyprus had a unitary nature and there was no need for the treaties of guarantee. On the other hand Greek Cypriots had a different story to tell and they started telling it by saying that in Decemberthere was a threatening reaction from the Turkish Government, provoked by the T.
T Turkish Terrorist Organization according to them. Their withdrawing from the Government was an outcome of this. The Greek Cypriot context, completely ignored the blame that they were about to annihilate the Cypriot minority.
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Also Greek Cypriots charged T. This, according to them, was the result of a policy of hate cultivated by the Turkish Cypriot leaders, with the aim of persuading world public opinion that Turkish Cypriots could not co-exist with Greek Cypriots and, therefore, partition in one form or another was necessary.
Two unarmed Turkish Cypriot peasants, returning home from working in the fields, were approached by Greek Cypriot security guards, armed and uniformed, who demanded to see their passes.
The peasants carried no documentation, and, in the ensuing altercation, they were killed Hart In order to restore peace in the island the British deployed their forces from their sovereign base areas, but this did not help.
InMakarios knew that Enosis was not possible in a very short period of time. There existed some problems. Therefore, Makarios started intercommunual violence.