Communist Greek Cypriot Leader Makes Colonialist Accusations

It has already been stated on NCFP that British MEP Graham Watson implied that Cyprus was not fit to take on the EU Presidency but what was not included was the reply to his accusation that property buyers in the south were being ripped off.

First to reply was Cypriot MEP Ioannis Kasoulides who blamed Britain for being colonialist:

“Mr Watson, don’t you think that by addressing this criticism to a Presidency that has not even started, it’s not objective and fair? Particularly, when this criticism is coming from you, who represents a country that has been a colonial power that bears part of the responsibility for the island’s divide, with the policy of ‘divide and rule’”.

It seems that colonialism is to blame for a lot of the south’s difficulties. Even the EU was blamed for lending money to Cyprus and at the same time wanting to study the south’s books to find out if the loan was safe. The three groups which are involved in this fact finding mission are called the “trioka” and are composed of representatives from the European Commission (EC), the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and the European Central Bank (ECB).

Christofias was asked by one reporter to respond to allegations he had compared the troika to a colonial power.

“This is an expression of the whole crisis engulfing the media as an institution,” replied Christofias.

Many argue that the south are turning to their new best friend Russia for money because they are used to the kind of dealings referred to by MEP Graham Watson and are less likely than the troika to object the the south’s financial practices. What’s the bet that Christofias will suddenly tell the “colonial” troika to get lost and then snuggle up even closer to the safety of the non-colonial Russian bear which has a habit of coming to the armed “rescue” of its cubs as it did in the 2008 Russo-Georgian War. Georgia was at the time seeking to become a member of the EU which if they had joined would have made the war a little more controversial.


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