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17 February 2013 /GÖZDENUR DONAT, ANKARA
Economically strained conditions will force the Greek Cypriots to improve relations and enter into some kind of cooperation with Turkey after their coming elections, experts say.
The Greek Cypriots go to the ballot box today to elect a new president. Opinion polls predict Nicos Anastasiades, leader of the current main opposition Democratic Rally (DISY) party, will be elected.
There are three main presidential candidates up for election: Anastasiades, Stavros Malas of the communist Progressive Party of Working People (AKEL) and independent George Lillikas. Current President Dimitris Christofias is not seeking re-election. If no candidate receives more than 50 percent of the vote in the first round, there will be a second round of voting on Feb. 24.
Anastasiades included in his campaign speeches healthy ideas about future cooperation between Turkey and Greek Cyprus. Ata Atun, a Turkish Cypriot academic and political consultant, told Sunday’s Zaman that any cooperation between Turkey and Greek Cyprus in the long term would likely be for economic reasons.
Firstly, Greek Cyprus seems obligated to cooperate with Turkey over natural gas transportation in the near future.“The relations [of Greek Cyprus] with Turkey are likely to improve over natural gas transportation,” said Atun. A natural gas pipeline through Turkey would be the lowest-cost option to transport gas jointly drilled by Greek Cyprus and Israel to Europe. Greek Cyprus started drilling in the disputed exclusive economic zones (EEZ) of the eastern Mediterranean basin in cooperation with Israel in late 2011. Turkey claims that the areas they are drilling overlap the continental shelf licensed to Turkey for exploration by the Turkish Cypriots.
According to a recent report out of Israel, that country has already started negotiations with a Turkish company to transport the natural gas. Israel’s Haaretz daily claimed on Thursday that the Zorlu Group, one of the largest holding corporations in Turkey, is planning to build an undersea pipeline from Israeli-owned offshore gas rigs to Turkey’s south coast, which would be shortest and least expensive gas pipeline project of which Turkey has ever been part. Zorlu’s plan, according to Haaretz, is to lay a pipeline underwater from the Leviathan field, 130 kilometers off Haifa in northern Israel, to off the Turkish coast. Referring to these reports, Atun stated that “such cooperation [between Turkey and Israel] would also include Greek Cypriots in the future. They would have no another choice [but to get involved]. The best option will be [to export the gas] through Turkey.” These pipeline plans, which would see Turkey become the delivery route for the gas to Europe,“would force Israel, Greek Cyprus and Turkey to be on good terms,” he predicted.

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Possible change in Greek Cypriot position on Turkey’s EU bid
A recent decision by France to open one of five chapters it has been blocking in Turkey’s EU membership negotiations, Chapter 22, is a breakthrough development in the country’s two-and-a-half-year stalled bid.
The fact that Greek Cyprus did not use its veto power on the opening of the new chapter could be read as a sign that it is easing its staunch position against Turkey’s EU bid, Hüseyin Bagci, head of international relations at the Middle East Technical University, Ankara,(ODTÜ), told Sunday’s Zaman.
Atun agreed there has been such a change in the Greek Cypriot position, adding that opposition from the country will be less important soon anyway as the Treaty of Lisbon will bring into effect in October of 2014 limits to the veto powers of member countries in the EU council, with decision instead being made by a “qualified majority.”
In the meantime, according to Bagci, the negotiations between Turkish Cyprus and Greek Cyprus will be given a new impetus with the change in character of relations between Greek Cypriots and Turkey. Bagci added that new regulations approaching a federative system on the island means coming closer to the “one-state solution” of the Annan Plan in 2004.
On the other hand, Mustafa Sitki Bilgin, head of the international relations department at Ankara’s Yildirim Beyazit University, dismissed the idea that there will be a positive development -- even in the long term -- in the relationship among Turkey, Turkish Cyprus and Greek Cyprus; in negotiations over the divided island; or in the Greek Cypriot position on Turkey’s EU bid.
“There could be some strategic changes in how relations are conducted, but the general strategy [employed by Greek Cyprus] will always stay the same,” Bilgin noted, claiming that a Greek Cypriot goal of assimilating the Turkish population while treating it as a minority will never change.
“What they understood following the [1974 military] operation [of Turkey into South Cyprus] was that their goal could not be realized by force, so they implemented a carrot-and-stick approach with never-ending negotiations,” Bilgin said.
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17 February 2013 /GÖZDENUR DONAT, ANKARA
Economically strained conditions will force the Greek Cypriots to improve relations and enter into some kind of cooperation with Turkey after their coming elections, experts say.
The Greek Cypriots go to the ballot box today to elect a new president. Opinion polls predict Nicos Anastasiades, leader of the current main opposition Democratic Rally (DISY) party, will be elected.
There are three main presidential candidates up for election: Anastasiades, Stavros Malas of the communist Progressive Party of Working People (AKEL) and independent George Lillikas. Current President Dimitris Christofias is not seeking re-election. If no candidate receives more than 50 percent of the vote in the first round, there will be a second round of voting on Feb. 24.
Anastasiades included in his campaign speeches healthy ideas about future cooperation between Turkey and Greek Cyprus. Ata Atun, a Turkish Cypriot academic and political consultant, told Sunday’s Zaman that any cooperation between Turkey and Greek Cyprus in the long term would likely be for economic reasons.
Firstly, Greek Cyprus seems obligated to cooperate with Turkey over natural gas transportation in the near future.“The relations [of Greek Cyprus] with Turkey are likely to improve over natural gas transportation,” said Atun. A natural gas pipeline through Turkey would be the lowest-cost option to transport gas jointly drilled by Greek Cyprus and Israel to Europe. Greek Cyprus started drilling in the disputed exclusive economic zones (EEZ) of the eastern Mediterranean basin in cooperation with Israel in late 2011. Turkey claims that the areas they are drilling overlap the continental shelf licensed to Turkey for exploration by the Turkish Cypriots.
According to a recent report out of Israel, that country has already started negotiations with a Turkish company to transport the natural gas. Israel’s Haaretz daily claimed on Thursday that the Zorlu Group, one of the largest holding corporations in Turkey, is planning to build an undersea pipeline from Israeli-owned offshore gas rigs to Turkey’s south coast, which would be shortest and least expensive gas pipeline project of which Turkey has ever been part. Zorlu’s plan, according to Haaretz, is to lay a pipeline underwater from the Leviathan field, 130 kilometers off Haifa in northern Israel, to off the Turkish coast. Referring to these reports, Atun stated that “such cooperation [between Turkey and Israel] would also include Greek Cypriots in the future. They would have no another choice [but to get involved]. The best option will be [to export the gas] through Turkey.” These pipeline plans, which would see Turkey become the delivery route for the gas to Europe,“would force Israel, Greek Cyprus and Turkey to be on good terms,” he predicted.
Why in heavens name would cooperation with you Turks improve relations?
Don't you think we Greeks know the Turkish savage better than that?
Turkish mentality would only see this as a sign of weakness
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You Turks are so thick that you get extatic every time a "chapter" is opened. Remember that there are eight chapters blocked and not just by the Republic of Cyprus. You can excide yourselves seven more times but Cyprus will be sitting on the very last chapter keeping it shut until you pich up your Turkish settlers and take them where they were before you carried them to the north occupied Cyprus to change the demography of the island. Unfortunately seven chapters are not enough. You have to have all eight chapters open in order to proceed with the EU. Remember that. Our only fear is electing a 'sold out' politician in today's elections that will work for you, recruited ofcoarse by your eternal sponsors and their known machiavellian politicians, against his own country and starting by carrying the Cyprus gas to the EU via Turkey. We have a way to deal with such politicians when the time comes.
Come Come Ra Pustis

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You Turks are so thick that you get extatic every time a "chapter" is opened. Remember that there are eight chapters blocked and not just by the Republic of Cyprus. You can excide yourselves seven more times but Cyprus will be sitting on the very last chapter keeping it shut until you pich up your Turkish settlers and take them where they were before you carried them to the north occupied Cyprus to change the demography of the island. Unfortunately seven chapters are not enough. You have to have all eight chapters open in order to proceed with the EU. Remember that. Our only fear is electing a 'sold out' politician in today's elections that will work for you, recruited ofcoarse by your eternal sponsors and their known machiavellian politicians, against his own country and starting by carrying the Cyprus gas to the EU via Turkey. We have a way to deal with such politicians when the time comes.
remember there is ONLY one chapter blocked by turkey for you

No accept TRNC no GO Near ports

and now after awhile israel and Cyprus Has realised no Turkey NO gas to transport

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"Come Come Ra Pustis"
remember there is ONLY one chapter blocked by turkey for you
No accept TRNC no GO Near ports
and now after awhile israel and Cyprus Has realised no Turkey NO gas to transport
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Loughton boy, wake up. You do not believe we can live without our ships visiting Turkish ports. I believe we can, so keep your ports blocked. Remember that Cyprus has the third largest commercial and tourist fleet in the world. You suffer more from the blockage than the greeks but you do not admit it. There are so many thousand ports around the Mediterranean that are wide open for us you may stick your ports anywhere you like.
As for Israel, remember they did not get to run the world because of their low intelligence. They bloody well know that Cyprus is just about the only people they can trust in the East mediterranean and via us they can do bussiness with many other countries. There is unlimited potential for cooperation between Israel and Cyprus and we both know it. They also understand our position with our Arab neigbours and it is ok with them. One thing that is a certainty with them is that Turkey is absolutely not to be trusted under any circumstances. Some years ago behaviours such as Erdogan's towards the president of Israel could start a war. Israel may have remained calm but believe me they will never forget it, ever.

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