I wish to emphasize strongly that the Turkish Community in Cyprus turn into a wreck, even worse than the Turkish Communities of Western Thrace, in case of the ratification of the Annan Plan. Nobody mentions of the Western Thrace. Agreement upon such a Greece enforced, no, not Greece but American enforced plan would last the Turkish presence in Cyprus.
Denktaş is pretty right on this issue as in case of the application of the plan on Cyprus, the Turkish populations will risk political, if not cultural assimilation. This means emigration just like we have witnessed in Western Thrace. I say that, no matter what happens either in Thrace or in Cyprus apart from each other, these are all smaller peaces of the bigger puzzle: ENOSIS. If sacrifice is needed, why would only the Turks sacrifice? Even the Genereal Staff is concerned about this. Is not Cyprus of excessive political importance for Turkey, too? We will cede our territory keeping the 28.5%. What 28.5%? 28.5% of what? The Turks of Cyprus are being pushed aroun both economically and politically. I wish to emphasize that in case this plan is finalised step-by-step, Cyprus will have already turned into a Greek island. This is all so clear.
I had mentioned the very same truths on Iraq as well. today I see it being realised step-by-step. The reason for this is the historician’s lack of scrutinizing the past knowledge, I believe. One must be very cautious as nothing yet is over. As Denktaş puts it, the Turks by no means will vote for this plan of Annan’s. He visits Lahey just for politeness. He himself can certainly foresee the pressure that other parties wish to put on him. Yet Denktaş is decided. We all have seen the recent meetings. They seem to be activated, motivated by provocations. And some news concerning the Chamber of Commere of Cyprus broke; is bribery a distant possibility? Turkey must behave very precautious.
And a I had said that a second memorendum on Iraq was on the way. And it is being prepared. As the chairman of the Turkish Parliament declares his discontention and worries on the ongoing deployment of the U.S. troops, we must behave very cautious. We must know, considering our past, that our present attitudes towards such matters is only anti-Kemalist. This is not National Sovereignity. Then where is the will of the Nation, will of the Parliament? The Turkish Parliament must take strong and cautious steps.