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Talks To End The Cyprus Republic

19/12/2016 - by Andreas Chrysafis
The first round of talks between President Anastasiades and the Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci in Mont Pelerin in Switzerland raised great expectations. They finished in a euphoric mood that an agreement was within reach and a new meeting was set for the following week to exchange maps. A very good start!

The euphoria was short lived! No sooner had the parties returned to Mont Pelerin a few days later but the talks collapsed. The Turkish Cypriot leader dropped a bombshell; he negated his agreement to provide maps! But not only that, he insisted on a five-party meeting instead of a UN multi-party conference! Backstabbed, the President of Cyprus had no other option but to discontinue the negotiations.

No sooner had the dust settled that Mr. Anastasiades made a U-turn. Some hidden forces persuaded him to organise a “get-together” dinner with Mr. Akinci complete with the entire UN entourage in Nicosia. He was anxious to resume the talks. Nobody knows exactly what was discussed during that night but Mr. Anastasiades announced afterwards that a third set of Mont Pelerin talks were to resume on the 9th - 11th January, 2017. He reiterated that maps were to be exchanged - for sure this time! The gathering of heavyweights would then sit down the next day (12th January) to “seal” the Agreement for a Bi-zonal, Bi-communal Federation (BBF) and a New Cyprus.

Turkey showed its willingness to participate subject to the Republic of Cyprus not being anywhere in sight at the negotiating table! A weak president agreed to receive further humiliation by Turkey!

However, nothing is clear about the entire fiasco! There is political confusion and without transparency both sides keep sending contradictory messages on the sly. The people are utterly confused! Mr. Anastasiades claims that a UN multi-national conference will take place, while Mr. Akinci and Turkey, insist they are attending a five-party conference. Is there a difference? Absolutely, and a vast one at that! The UN on the other hand, has avoided confirming or denying the quandary and so has the European Union.

Meanwhile to sweeten the deal, Ankara and Mr. Akinci announced they had “no objection” on EU attendance on the periphery as an “observant” party but not to participate in any way – that would mean recognition of the Republic as an EU member state! It would not be surprising if Turkey now deceitfully plans to use a BBF agreement to enter the EU institutions from the side door. It shows that Ankara is dictating events while the rest follow suit.

At the stroke of a pen the Republic of Cyprus would be reduced down to a “Greek community” on equal footing with the 18% Turkish Cypriot ethnic minority. The objective of the conference is to destroy the Republic and under parthenogenesis, Mr. Anastasiades would sign an agreement on behalf of the “Greek community” - a very clever Ottoman conspiracy indeed!

The plot thickens. Contrary to public statements, Mr. Anastasiades in fact has clandestinely agreed to a five-party conference on the quiet and he would be attending and negotiating as the leader of the Greek Cypriot “community” and not as the president of the Republic.

Pressure on a conceding Cyprus government continued with a vengeance. Turkey played its cards very cleverly but so did the “impartial” UN Special Adviser Espen Barth Eide. He has been busy weaving his fine web of poisoned political intrigue and manipulation. He saw an opportunity to squeeze the noose even tighter!

He announced that Mr. Erdogan was “ready to play ball” and he would personally take part at the January conference. Why now? The answer lies somewhere between gobbledygook and reality. Artfully, the UN envoy has consistently avoided confirming if the UN Security Council members would be “invited” to take part at such a critical conference. Instead he vaguely assured everyone that “other relevant parties shall be invited as needed”.  Whatever that means it’s anyone’s guess and the plot gets murkier!

Mr. Erdogan’s role at the conference opens up a new chapter in the never-ending Cyprus negotiations. Only a mastermind in shrewd diplomacy can face the Ottoman assault and cunning. Can the Cyprus team deal with Turkey’s skill in diplomacy backed by strength and political decisiveness? Very doubtful!

Meanwhile, Ankara did not waste time to go on the attack with its usual provocative rhetoric; Tugrel Turkes, Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey announced that: “We are guarantors not only of the Turkish Cypriots, but of all the island, all the territories and all the population”. He is in fact; introducing a preamble claiming rights to the entire island to be revealed during the Geneva negations and horse-trading.

But Mr. Turkes did not stop there and reiterated Ankara’s position that no matter what happens at the Mont Pelerin conference, Turkey has no plans to remove all its troops or the illegal settlers from Cyprus and neither does it plan to abandon its guarantor status. Turkey’s position could not be clearer!

There is a nasty political game being played against Cyprus and some believe the timing it’s perfect for a “good kill”. Most of the political parties have been questioning the wisdom of Anastasiade’s obsession to negotiate under such treacherous conditions aimed to eliminate the Republic.

But, in the spirit of “political correctness,” there seems to exist an ungodly policy of not “offending” the Turkish Cypriot side or Ankara. Even the leader of the opposition party AKEL Mr. Andreas Kyprianou, has recently stated publicly that: “Cyprus is not Greek and has never been Greek, but a Bi-communal state”.  Such political regurgitation belongs on rubbish heaps and does not help matters.

The 120.000 secular Turkish Cypriots  - as opposed to 400.000 imported settlers - are facing ethnic extinction. The Muslim fertility rate, demographics, religious radicalism and nationalism would see to its annihilation! Erdogan’s Hala Sultan, the largest mosque built on the outskirts of Nicosia to accommodate 3000 worshippers is a prime example of what is happening in the occupied area. Unless averted, whether the Turkish Cypriots like it or not, the secular TC community would be phased out. One million mainland Turkish settlers would replace them under Erdogan’s instructions in line with his long-term geopolitical plans.

The continuation of the Republic of Cyprus is the only safeguard Cyprus has to stop Turkey in its tracks and protect the country. Destroy that safety net and one destroys the island to the influence of extremist and radical forces. Today, all Cypriots as EU citizens have their rights enshrined by Rule of Law and Justice, which allows them to work and travel throughout the EU in safety without a hindrance - lose that safety net and a can of worms will come to the surface!

However, under the current political developments, there are critical political scenarios that cannot be ignored:

(a) For a start, Turkey would not be accepted to join EU membership - not under Sultan Erdogan who has boasted in parliament of imprisoning 140.000 Turkish citizens and wants to bring back the death penalty to justify a murdering spree of his “enemies”;

(b) The Greek Cypriots would never approve a BBF to legalise the partition of the island and a “NO” Vote in a Referendum would leave the Anastasiades government in limbo and a call for his resignation in demand for new elections to safeguard the Republic;

(c) Akinci may decide on a closer relationship with Turkey and sever the relationship with the Republic of Cyprus. In doing so, Turkish Cypriots would lose their EU passports and all EU privileges provided by the Republic. An exodus of Turkish Cypriots would soon start to cross over into the Republic as Cypriot nationals;

That would be the start of the reunification of Cyprus and a Revolution of the Mind enforced by the people for the people. It would be done within the boundaries of the law and human rights and not by the decisions of a bunch of local and foreign inglorious politicians aimed to eliminate the Republic of Cyprus for geopolitical interests and natural gas deposits!

The Bi-zonal, Bi-communal Federation will not work because it’s based on chaos and nothing can survive chaos; it would certainly not work in Cyprus but bring about more chaos!

Andreas C Chrysafis
December 15, 2016
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  • 18/10/2016 - by Andreas Chrysafis

    Why did they simply choose to exist in living memory of their ancestors rather than continue in their footsteps? They were blessed with a solid foundation and yet the nation has gradually been reduced to a pauper state.

    European nations embraced the new Industrial Revolution and the population began to exhibit unprecedented sustained growth but not so in Greece or Cyprus. It seems as if Hellenic inquisitiveness was cocooned to live in suspended animation and faded into a maze of cobwebs.

    Indisputably, Hellenism, which brought us Democracy has influenced mankind and shaped the world to the one we know today. Greek inspiration has reformed Europe, Africa and Asia to experience prosperity and progress in the arts, literature, architecture, mathematics, philosophy, science and much more.

    The brainpower of Greek minds, such as Archimedes, Herodotus, Pythagoras Socrates and Plato, Alexander the Great and others have revolutionised human thought and it is that sense of mind-exploration that has enabled the Hellenes to excel in levels never imagined before.

    The Olympian gods and Greek myths have also played a role on nurturing Greek wisdom. They practised a cult of polytheism that demanded nothing of the people except to: Know Thyself. It was as if that amazing brainpower was god-set to enhance the Greek culture. Yet, as time passed, Hellenism has lost that brilliance of the mind.

    Why and what triggered its collapse? On hindsight, there are two main factors that contributed to the downfall of Hellenism; Christianity and Ottomanism! Both destroyed ingenuity and replaced it with mind suppression.

    Christianity - a splinter cult of Judaism  - required blind obedience and not to question the existence of God as ordained by a male-dominated clergy! Those principles were in direct conflict with the free spirit of Greek Logic that questioned things the way they were and of things the way they are not!

    When Constantine the Great moved the capital of the Empire to Constantinople (330 AD) under Christian Byzantine rule - a rule that lasted over 1100 years - Christianity reached unprecedented levels of mind control and frenzy in the Christian religion.  It applied a mixture of love for God, intimidation and brutality and has instilled the fear of “Fire and Brimstone”.

    During the inquisition, torture, witch hunting, and burning to the stake were all part of the tactics used by fanatical priests in the name of Jesus and Christianity. Heresy was punishable by death and wealthy “heretics” were prime targets of the clergy who were receptive to the offer of bribes to avoid being prosecuted. Upon accusation, the church immediately confiscated the victim’s possessions.

    The sacking of Constantinople by Christian Latin Crusaders in 1204 AD and in turn, the Ottomans capturing the Byzantine capital and Athens, was the nail in the coffin that marked the end of Hellenism! The Ottoman rule in Greece and Cyprus was marked as an oppressive period executed with fervour. When the rest of the world flourished, Hellenism was living in a dark era and was systematically destroyed spiritually.

    Influential Greeks however, remained dominant in the fields of commerce and Greek ship-owners became the maritime carriers of the Ottoman Empire. A new leading class developed; the Prokritoi or the Kocabasis in Turkish! Essentially, they were bureaucrats and tax collectors that quickly gained a reputation for corruption and nepotism.

    In the imperial capital of Constantinople businessmen and the Ecumenical Patriarch rose to great power and under the Sultan’s protection he gained religious control over the entire Orthodox population. As a leader, he was given wide powers and controlled the courts and the schools as well as the Church throughout the Ottoman Empire – an amazing source of power based on theocracy.

    Meanwhile, Turkish tyranny and clergy corruption triggered a massive exodus of intellectuals with people resettling in the mountains or moving abroad to escape; Greeks in Diaspora was born! The rugged countryside was much safer and made it hard for the tax collectors to establish administrative rule under the millet system, a system, which segregated people based on religion!

    Punitive taxation was ferocious; a taxation so brutal that included the “tribute of children” or Devshirmeh. The Ottomans required that one male Christian child in five be given away for military training as Janissaries and Muslim radicalization. Young girls were also taken away as sex slaves or odalisques to replenish the harems of the Sultan across the Empire.

    Cyprus was not excluded and the clergy became loyal tax collectors and grew rich from such taxation. Unavoidably, some Cypriotes and Catholics converted to Islam to avoid slavery or death by adopting Muslim names and customs. These converts have come to be known as Linobambaki, who continue to survive in some parts of Cyprus!

    The death of the Golden Age of Greece took hundreds of years but primarily, the Ottoman oppression and Christian indoctrination have both played their part in the devastation of that amazing free spirit of the Hellenes.

    Today, it’s a different story! There is not an official public gathering that Orthodox Church leaders are not invited to bless the event – an invitation they never refuse! The overwhelming presence by religious leaders in such a society borders on the fringes of theocracy. Politicians on the other hand dare not miss the opportunity of media coverage of such public memorials or funerals; so intertwined religion and politics have become and it’s certainly not conducive to democracy!

    All considered, the spirit of Hellenes may still be half asleep but it is certainly not half dead! One day, it is hoped that it would rise like a phoenix from the ashes of it’s own inadequacies and do the right thing; think of the nation first!

    Andreas C. Chrysafis

    The Decline of Hellenism

  • 15/09/2016 - by Andreas Chrysafis

    A civilised country can be measured by the way it respects its citizens, its ecosystem but also the way people treat their own environment! The 230 square km Akamas Peninsula is one of those rare regions that cry out for help to be saved from the enemy within. Can it be saved? That depends entirely on people’s behaviour; to act or not act - to care or not to care!

    Yet, Akamas offers a unique opportunity of becoming a gold mine - a “Jewel in the Med” others would say! The financial rewards are insurmountable not only for the government coffers but also for an eco-industry that can grow and bring amazing rewards.  While compensating those that own land, Akamas should be established into a world-class National Land & Sea Park with zero tolerance to all kinds of development.

    Unfortunately, the island so far has not established a good record protecting its environment! In fact, Akamas Protection Zone has failed the EU Natura 2000 Awards and Cyprus also ranked low at the Environmental Performance Index released in January 2016 at the World Economic Forum. Still, it has a rough diamond that cries out for refinement but nobody seems to be listening or caring. Under pressure from powerful lobby groups the government has tentatively approved a number of projects such as a massive quarry, camping site, hotels etc. for development directly in the Akamas peninsula.

    For some, protecting the environment, wildlife and marine life means very little as opposed to wealth creation and yet, the peninsula is a gold mine in its own right. Some forget that’s what civilised nations do; take care of their environment! If properly maintained, a National Park can in fact generate revenues beyond expectations for local restaurants, lodgings, hotels, grocery shops and retail outlets.

    If Akamas aspires to become a world-class park, it’s imperative to commission experts and brain imports together with top professional Cypriots to work as a team and design a well-planned conservation reserve. Hiring second-grade or politically appointed specialists will not do! It is critically important to learn from the experiences of other international parks and apply the same ecological know-how and technology to the Akamas project.

    Operating such an important park comes the responsibility of maintenance and safeguarding the facilities from exploitation, vandalism and fly tipping. It is critically important that Park Wardens managing the facilities are given the legal authority to prosecute those who abuse the grounds in the similar way that other nations do.

    The duties of professional Wardens or Custodians teams is to supervise, manage and perform functions in conservation areas such as biodiversity or scientific information; the development and operation of recreational programmes for the benefit of the visiting public; fire-fighting responsibilities and the ability to execute search-and-rescue missions as well as activities associated with law enforcement to investigate violations, complaints and trespassing including encroachment.

    Some would dismiss such aspirations as an impossible task to be achieved in Cyprus. Rubbish!  When other countries can operate and protect their national parks and heritage successfully, why not Cyprus? Akamas beckons to be tested and the government has to take the initiative and stand up to those that want to develop it and protect it for future generations.


    Right across Europe parks are treated as national treasures and can generate not only national pride but also good revenue. Parks like the Wadden Sea National Park Denmark’s largest national park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site is a good example of that. The Lauwersmeer is another amazing site declared a national park on 12 November 2003.

    The Nockberge Biosphere Park is a cultural treasure of the Carinthia Nockberge Mountains that proudly boasts as the biggest “UNESCO Biosphere Park Salzburger Lungau” park in all of Austria.

    Meanwhile, the Parc Nationale des Calanques it is France’s 200 sq. miles of mixed land-and-sea reserve on the doorstep of Marseilles. A part of the maritime core is totally off-limits to fishing. It is the first mixed Sea and Land Park created in Europe and it’s a symbol of ecological conservation and marine biodiversity that attracts millions of tourists each year.

    The list is endless and people enjoy visiting these national parks across Europe, England and Canada, the United States and in other progressive countries. Can Akamas become a world-class park? Absolutely! There is no valid reason as to why Akamas cannot become an amazing nature reserve like all the others.

    The Akamas Land & Sea Park 

    One of the best attributes of the region, it’s the Akamas coastline. Sadly, marine life in the region is steadily been reduced by pollution, sewage dumping and by irresponsible practices of commercial and private fishing. Even so, the region itself offers a rare opportunity to change all that and help develop a national eco-park of unique dimensions in conservationism. The rewards of a combined Land and Sea park are immeasurable.

    If Akamas is to be a true national park, it cannot be emphasised enough that all hunting sporting activities must end to help rejuvenate the fast depleting wildlife; prohibit any kind of fishing or motor boats within a protective marine zone to help restore the fish supplies and underwater sea life; all kinds of safari vehicles, noisy quads and other rental operators to be licensed under strict terms and conditions and be obliged to follow selected routes with speed-controls; provide proper facilities for picnic areas and a well-organised camping site; offer parking facilities at designated areas; establish safe trails to gorges and other points of interests; allow a strictly controlled number of food & beverage outlets to cater to visitors including resting areas and toilet facilities; establish eco-friendly buildings including an eco-museum to educate the visiting public and school children on the importance of conservation; provide on-site scientific amenities for research by scientists and universities in biodiversity.

    Some would say it would cost millions! On the contrary it would make millions through tax-concessions, donations, marketing, EU Funding, UNESCO contributions and attendance fees, licensing and other income: that’s what normally self-sustained national parks do!

    In fact, it would create hundreds of new jobs and generate agro-tourism at its best attracting repeat visits by thousands of nature and sea lovers, but also education workshops for foreign and domestic students. The benefits are immeasurable as long as the park it’s operated professionally by dedicated personnel hired on merit and not connections.

    Most importantly, once a political decision has been made in support to protect Akamas, the political influence should end and be replaced by a National Trust Fund that would operate the Akamas Land & Sea Park with one aim in mind: for the enhancement and well being of the park on the basis of meritocracy with full transparency and accountability.

    Indeed, it’s a major project and demands a massive undertaking with critical decisions taken by dedicated top experts to see that it becomes a reality. If not, Akamas will end up like any other selective jungle of concrete boxes in the interest of private investors and not in the interest of the people.

    For this unique Akamas Land and Sea project to become a reality, it needs national pride and the support of the people. 

    Andreas C Chrysafis 
    September 14, 2016



    ARTICLE ONE: Published July 24, 2016

    ARTICLE TWO: Published August 19, 2016

    Gold Mine - The Rape of Akamas

  • 27/06/2016 - by Andreas Chrysafis

    Under the terms of a nation-wide referendum the British people on June 23 voted to leave the EU. The results have been devastating to say the least; results that nobody expected! It took the entire world by surprise but especially the complacent EU bureaucracy.

    The Commission recognised that a domino effect might follow, shattering their empire and cozy relationships. They immediately tried to brush aside the Brexit results by making revengeful comments about the UK decision.

    The Brexit Referendum would certainly take Britain out of the EU but it also triggers a nagging constitutional question: were the terms and results of the referendum representative of a true democracy or a flawed democracy?

    Plato considered Democracy as bad and one that also encourages corruption but in the case of Brexit, it has become obvious that the principal of the referendum needs to be redefined from its original concept introduced by A.V. Dicey - an authority on British constitutional matters. He calls the right to a Referendum as the “people’s veto” against ill-conceived government policies - and rightly so.

    But just like Plato’s bad democracy, which treats “all people as equal whether they are or not”, Dicey’s flawed Referendum also treats the Referendum results as final and decisive without respect or the significance of the opposing views in question. In fact it does not take into account the impact and severity of a referendum but instead it treats “all issues as equal whether they are or not!”

    The Brexit has been an eye opener and demands the powerful brains of constitutional experts to ponder upon and introduce changes in parliament to revise the terms of referendums.

    All considered:

    48% of British citizens (16,141,241) voted to REMAIN in the European Union and 52% other citizens (17,410,742) voted to LEAVE. The difference of a small majority of 4% or 1,269,501 voters have decided the destiny of the entire population for years to come.

    Some would argue that that’s democracy in action while others would equally argue that it’s flawed democracy in action! That’s precisely the point of the argument: is democracy fair and just when it comes to referendums held on constitutional matters?

    That dilemma raises the question; is a small majority-win sufficient enough to be considered an overwhelming majority-win and impose its wishes on an entire population without recourse? A win that does not take into account the young people’s opinions on issues that will fundamentally affect their lives?

    A flawed democracy raises serious question of its own legitimacy for the right to impose its will without the recognition of the rights of others!  Under the terms of a referendum a majority as little as 1% or even less can seal the fate of a nation forever.

    That cannot be right!

    Constitutional changes that threaten the basic fabric of the nation, not only demand the people’s approval in a Referendum but it must equally recognise the rights of the opposing side.

    To overcome voter ambiguities a win of 10-15% majority should be considered as an overwhelming majority-win and be truly representative of the mass population. Anything less than that would demand a second Referendum where its result would then be treated as final and binding.

    If so, the losing side would not feel betrayed but reassured, that, their opposing platform was not accepted by the overwhelming majority of the nation. That’s Democracy in Action!

    Constitutional experts would need to ponder on such a constitutional dilemma of Flawed Referendum in a Flawed Democracy.

    Andreas C Chrysafis
    Author/ Writer/ Artist
    June 26, 2016

    BREXIT - A Flawed Referendum In A Flawed Democracy

  • 11/03/2016 - by Andreas Chrysafis

    Recently, the IMF EU -Troika team visited the occupied area of Cyprus to study and ascertain the costs of the illegal airport in preparation for the enormous loans Cyprus would require to meet the "reunification” costs of the island. Turkey indicated that she may consider contributing a portion of the cost but only if a settlement suits its plans and the Republic’s gas pipeline goes via Turkey to Bulgaria and then into Europe. This may well be the reason as to why the President recently bilaterally agreed with Bulgaria on a gas resolution.

    The Cyprus Foreign Minister Mr Kasoulides on the other hand, seems quite receptive by announcing that he does not object to a pipeline going through Turkey and neither does his government and DYSI - his political party. They are somewhat eager to sign a Bi-zonal, Bi-communal Federation (BBF) agreement this year and their insistence raises serious questions as to why the urgency

    Ankara is not stupid! It has a cunning strategy to gain control and be in a position to turn on and off the Cyprus gas taps at will; at least that’s what she envisions! Successful or not that’s another matter but the BBF may provide her with the perfect opportunity to do just that.

    The same wily approach is being applied by Erdogan’s Neo-Ottoman regime to manipulate the EU. Taking advantage of the refugee crisis, Ankara sees an opportunity to apply its blackmailing tactics and in so doing receive 6 billion euros upfront as a gift from the EU, “supposedly” to stop the flow of refugees. Such behaviour reveals of a conniving story indeed; a story of an Ottoman ploy to exploit human tragedy exacerbated by Turkey itself!

    Today, a delusionary Erdogan regime has become dangerous not only to the Turkish people but also to world peace. From a secular country, Turkey is rapidly sinking into one of an Islamic Fundamentalist nation. Erdogan’s authoritarian obsession of imprisoning journalists and those opposed to his policies are reminiscent of a man who may be suffering from megalomania and has lost sight of reality.

    Closing down newspapers like Zaman and Cihan news agency and use of brutality against peaceful protesters with rubber bullets, water cannons and teargas have become front-page news internationally. Sultan-Erdogan refuses to tolerate any kind of opposition to his totalitarian and tyrannical rule. His surreptitious support for ISIL has also raised eyebrows worldwide.

    The EU is actually questioning if this Neo-Ottoman country headed by Erdogan/Davudoglu with an extreme religious ideology belongs among western democratises. German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said this week that: “the German government had major doubts about whether Turkey should become an EU member or not.”

    Turkey’s behaviour against its ethnic minorities by razing entire Kurdish villages with carpet air bombardment and the killing of innocent civilians is certainly not a way for a civilized nation to behave. Applying curfews for weeks on ends and forbidding schools teaching in the Kurdish language indicate that this nation is quickly sinking into a warped Islamism ideology. This repressive regime is certainly reminiscent of dictators like Muammar al-Gadhafi and Saddam Hussein. All signs indicate that another dictator is born to cause havoc in world stability.

    However, Turkey’s “promises” to help reduce the refugee crisis and crack down on people-smuggling has convinced Brussels that it means well and yet, it has done little to stop the flow. Instead, Ankara sees this human tragedy as a great political opportunity that cannot be missed.

    At this week’s EU summit on the refugee crisis, Davutoglu has turned the conference into a Turkish Bazaar demanding more billions of euros in support of the refugees. Ankara envisions figures closer to 20 billion euros as well as faster EU accession talks and quicker visa-free travel for Turkish citizens across the Eurozone. Ankara’s demands have been fully agreed in principle.

    Under those terms, it also means that Cyprus is to abandon its EU veto power in support of Turkey’s EU membership and allow the opening of the remaining Chapters that Cyprus had been objecting to. When this is ratified it would also signify the abolition of the Republic. Under this EU-Turkey agreement on the refugee crisis, it would certainly become the catalyst for the abolition of the Republic of Cyprus.

    The President of the Republic signed the draft EU-Turkey resolution (did not abstain) signifying that a deal between Turkey and the EU has been agreed. Without a doubt, this is a political and a cunning victory for Ankara - the fox had outsmarted an entire EU failed institution.

    The suffering of some is a blessing for others and the Syrian refugee madness of people movement has transformed the region forever. Cyprus has also not been immune to the human misery that has seen a 42% increase of asylum requests in 2015 from the previous year.

    This humanitarian development however, its not as dangerous as dealing with Turkey’s ruthless trickery - a country that has unilaterally decided to lay claim to Cyprus’s gas deposits and using the Turkish Cypriots as scapegoats for its illegal claims. A gas pipeline route has now become the hidden jewel in the area and like any bully would, a desperate Ankara is pushing to ensure control of such a pipeline now that Russia has dropped Turkey.

    The Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, referring to hydrocarbon reserves in Cyprus, illustrated that Turkey is available as a “reliable territory of transit of energy gas reserves.” If Russia were wise enough to dump Turkey, it would be very unwise for Cyprus to trust anything Turkey offers on a poisoned platter.

    If and when an agreement were to be reached this year, the unofficial “reunification” figures could be in excess of 60 billion - over and above the current 9 billion IMF-EU Troika loans due for maturity by 2031. Just like Greece, the interest payments alone would kill any hope to overcome Troika’s long-term economic colonisation. As security, IMF is given the right to handle all banking transactions of Cyprus’s gas revenues.

    What a mess indeed!

    Would Cyprus find the magic formula to formulate a dynamic lasting national policy in the interest of the nation or would it be ensnared by Turkey’s fine spider-web and forever be trapped by EU’s shallow promises of nothing?

    That remains to be seen but the signs do not look so promising! 

    Andreas C Chrysafis

    March 9, 2016


  • 29/09/2015 - by Cyprus.com Admin

    What is the Nicosia Dog Shelter (NDS)

    A registered non profit association established in 1991 for the welfare of Dogs in Cyprus

    Why was the Shelter set up?

    To provide much needed temporary shelter and care for many unwanted dogs and puppies in Cyprus. The Shelter offers a vital and invaluable service to the Nicosia Community as every year we take in hundreds of lost, abandoned and unwanted dogs, who without us would have no hope of survival and no one to care for them. 

    What are the main responsibilities of the Shelter?

    Apart from providing secure accommodation, good quality food, veterinary care our aim is to rehome as many dogs as possible both here in Cyprus and abroad.  We also help educate society about responsible dog ownership by frequently doing talks at societies and schools.

    Does the Shelter have a “no refusal” policy?

    There will always be dogs in need and its easy for the Shelter to be overwhelmed.  The Shelter, with limited resources, must acknowledge the fact that we must say “no more” when we are at our limit.  We can only take in the number of dogs that we can provide adequate physical and emotional care for.  This includes veterinary care – medication, vaccinations and we spay or neuter every dog before adoption.  Basic hygiene standards, physical and emotional needs must be considered before we take in a dog.

    Does the Shelter have a “no kill” policy?

    As a no-kill shelter we are committed to saving both healthy and treatable dogs with euthanasia reserved only for sick dogs with no hope of a cure and only if our vet agrees but these cases are like zero

    What are the Shelter’s views on Sterilisation?

    Spaying, neutering and education are the only answers to the deep rooted dog overpopulation problem in Cyprus.

    What is your main problem?

    Economic.  Unfortunately this year we have cancelled most of our events due to lack of sponsors and the weather. The weather is lucky planning but the lack of Sponsorship makes it very difficult to run any events especially a huge event like Dogathon which is vital to the survival of the Shelter.

    What do you need?

    Funding:  for kennel facilities, food, medicine, veterinary services.

    Vehicle: A new vehicle to transport the dogs and to carry everything we need for our events.

    Volunteers:  We have a wonderful team of volunteers without whom we would not be able to do the job we do.  They donate their precious time in so many ways: to help at the events, walking, bathing and socialising the dogs at the shelter, finding forever and foster homes, transporting the dogs to the airport when one is adopted abroad, to name but a few of the things they do.

    Sponsors: You can associate your company with an event and you will receive appropriate advertising on our company advertising material.

    Sponsor a Dog: Alternatively, you can sponsor a dog at the shelter for any period of time.  We have sponsor packages available from NDS offices.

    Donations:  You can donate any amount, no donation is too small.  Our account details are on this website.

    Foster:  If you are not in a position to adopt, you can help by fostering a dog that is too young to go to the Shelter until it finds a forever home. Foster homes save lives.

    Adopt: People that say “money cant buy happiness” never paid an adoption fee.

    There are so many advantages of adopting a shelter dog rather than buying one.  Adopting a dog saves its life and to provide a loving home and care for a dog that has suffered is a privilege.  Their gratitude is a huge reward but these dogs also give us unconditional love, loyalty, friendship and companionship.

    What is the process for adopting a dog?

    The procedure is very easy. The person who is interested to adopt a dog is interviewed by the person responsible for adoptions. When they have chosen the dog and they are approved as suitable parents, they will complete the adoption forms signing that they agree to have the dog micro chipped and sterilised prior to adoption.   They pay the adoption fee of 110 euros which is a special price for adopting through NDS. All our dogs have health checks from the vet with blood tests and anything else they need and the new owner is given the dog’s health book.

    What do you ask from the government?

    The need for an effective animal police force; we want more punishment for abandoning and mistreating dogs.  We also want sterilisation to be mandatory.  We are desperately in need of financial support too, only with these things can the Shelter operate as it should.

    What are you doing to keep the Shelter open?

    Without help and support from the Government we are trying to keep the Shelter running as effectively as possible by holding events throughout the year where we raise money from the sales of our merchandise and donations. Our dogs are always at these events where they are hopeful to find their forever home.

    The sales from our calendar and the sponsorship we receive from our loyal schools and supporters of the shelter is invaluable.

    We place tins in shops, vets and restaurants.

    We also have three charity shops, two in Nicosia and one in Larnaca. All income raised at the events and the charity shops go directly to the Shelter. Addresses of our charity shops are on our website.

    A final message to anyone considering adopting a shelter dog

    Saving a rescue dog will not change the world, but surely for that one dog the world will change forever.

    Here are some images - PHOTOS

    Our Facebook page - HERE

    Interview with Nicosia Dog Shelter