The Cyprus Negotiations After Crans-Montana – Dr Klearchos A. Kyriakides

“Democracies in the world need to wake up. They need to wake up and appreciate that their policies of appeasing Turkey have failed. The policy of appeasement was supposedly going to transform Turkey from an authoritarian Kemalists system into a shining democracy which could take its place in the family of democratic nations. That’s failed. President Erdogan has shuttered that to pieces. What appeasement has done is that it’s given Turkey the appetite to be ever more aggressive, ever more bullying, and ever more intimidating in its approach to the European Union. In the lead-up to the referendum in Turkey on the 16th of April one Turkish minister after another issued menacing statements. At the forefront of the menacing statements was President Erdogan himself. I refer you for example to the speech he gave on the morning of the 22nd of March 2017 were he effectively warned, that no European would be safe walking on the streets of Europe, if the Europeans didn’t bow to his wishes. So what should happen next? There needs to be a new strategy formulated, first of all here in the Republic of Cyprus, but also beyond the Republic of Cyprus into the remainder of the European Union.”

Source: ERPIC

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