A plan B on Cyprus Needs to be Found Quickly
A Greek News Editorial
For more than three weeks now we have been witnessing the worst kind of pressure coming from the US Department of State on the people of Cyprus, as well as leaders and members of Greek American organizations that they accept at gun point, the Annan plan for a Cyprus settlement. Although President Bush promised to let the Cypriot people exercise their democratic right freely at the referendum, and Secretary of State Colin Powell avoided using threats in interviews, both the US Department of State Special Coordinator, Ambassador Thomas Weston, and State Department Spokesman (and former US Ambassador to Cyprus) Richard Boucher, outdid themselves with the threats they made.
Ambassador Weston made repeated threats against Cyprus that utomatically make him persona non grata at our Greek American Community gatherings. The faster he decides to withdraw from dealing with Cyprus, the better it will be, for both himself and his superiors.
One message that became clear from the Department of State, a week before the Cypriot referenda, was that there is no Plan B on Cyprus. That it is either this solution, or no solution.
Now that the people of Cyprus have made their sovereign decision, and Greek Americans are about to make up their minds before they too, exercise their democratic rights as American citizens, in November; we want to send a very clear message to the White House:
You Better find a B PLAN for Cyprus. A real B PLAN, meaning a BETTER PLAN than the one our government tried to enforce on Cyprus.
Mr. President, we are reasonable people. We want exactly the same treatment that you gave to Mr Erdogan, a few weeks ago. In a few days, when we visit Washington DC for the PSEKA Conference, we will present you a piece of paper outlining our vital positions on Cyprus. Positions that are within the framework of the Annan plan, the European fundamental rights and the human and political rights provided by the American Constitution. Rights that should be applied to both Greek and Turkish Cypriots, and not the Turkish settlers and the occupation forces.
Mr President, we hope you will treat us the same way, as with Mr. Erdogan, by accepting our position.