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Forced Islamization of northern Cyprus continues unabated
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Since the 1974 invasion, the 200 thousand Greek Cypriots forced to leave the area have been replaced by 300 thousand settlers from Anatolia, who lack education, but are devout Muslims. And even the original Turkish Cypriots are victims of discrimination at the hands of the Turkish occupiers and their settlers.
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and the Grand Mufti of Cyprus after 18 months has met with positive reactions worldwide.
the good intentions and the good will of groups and individuals aside, the small but
vital world of Greek and Turkish Cypriots remains divided 40 years (1974) after Turkey's invasion. The
continued occupation by 40 thousand Turkish soldiers of the northern part of
the island, accounting for 37 % of the territory, has also had serious
consequence, such as the forced Islamization of the north.
the invasion by the Turkish Kemalist army - whose leader always described
himself as a guarantor of secularism - 200 thousand Greek Cypriots were
displaced to the south side of the island and 300 thousand of settlers from Anatolia
with scarce education but devout Muslims settled in the north.
forced Islamization has resulted in the destruction or conversion into mosques
of dozens of monuments, churches and monasteries that attested to the continued
presence of the ancient Greek -Hellenistic -Roman civilization, who embraced
the message of Christ, founded the first churches after Palestine and created a
bridge to the West.
very serious fact, as evidenced by the British historian and diplomat William
Mallinson, who has a deep knowledge of the Cypriot universe, is that it all
happened with the tacit consent of then U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger
and the British government. Kissinger's
now renowned statement is an example of this, when he claimed that with the
Turkish invasion of 1974 and the partition of the island, the Cyprus issue was
is the classic, cynical statement of someone who believes in and supports the
geo-political and geo-strategic interests of the usual so-called Western powers.
Cyprus has always wet their appetites because of its geographical location. In
total disregard for its cultural traditions and its Christian roots.
in the meantime, Erdogan's neo- Ottoman party, the AKP , assisted by the Saudis
is carrying forward, with meticulous expertise, the policy of forced
Islamization of the northern part of the ' island. Furthermore,
the ideologue of the dogma of neo-Ottoman foreign policy , Foreign Minister
Ahmet Davutoglu, considers Cyprus an important player for Turkey's geopolitical
games "even if there were no Muslims on the island" , let alone now .
us not neglect another fact , that even the original Turkish Cypriots are
victims of discrimination at the hands of their Turkish occupants and settlers.
the fact that they have become the new minority (there are 150 thousand
compared to 350 thousand settlers) they have deep rooted cultural differences
with the settlers and military.
their settlement on the island in 1572 , the long coexistence with the
Christian community, despite periodic clashes (Christian populations in the
Ottoman period served to fill the coffers of the empire , because only non-Muslims
were taxed) fostered within their community a more open mindset and
a deep respect for the religious beliefs of others. And
if something Christian survives in the north of Cyprus is also thanks to them,
as well as the 500 Greek Cypriots stranded in the region. Some refer to them as modern
short, what is happening in Cyprus, shows that , in spite of those who thought
and still think the Greek roman and Christian roots of our civilization are
important, what matters is the geopolitical strategy of the powerful of the
earth. And Cyprus is
only a hop, skip and jump from the Middle Eastern chessboard .
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