Lifting the U.S. Arms Embargo on Cyprus: By Philip Christopher, Andy Manatos and Mike Manatos

FILE - Cypriot soldiers travel on Russian-made tanks during a military parade celebrating 58 years of independence in Nicosia in the divided island of Cyprus, Monday, Oct. 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

The impending prospect of lifting the U.S. arms embargo on Cyprus is potentially more important for America than it is for Cyprus. This dysfunctional Embargo represents the destructiveness of both flawed American government policy and the chipping away at our country’s faith in our democratic processes.

The very existence of an arms embargo on Cyprus is an example of our government ignoring the law of our land and punishing our relationship with a country that conducts itself as a most dependable ally, Cyprus. Hard though it may be to believe, this legislative Embargo is actually aimed at Turkey, not Cyprus. Its legislative history makes clear that it was intended to end Turkey’s illegal military occupation of Cyprus by prohibiting Turkey from employing American arms on Cyprus. The Administration, however, ignored that legislative intent and instead applied the law so that Turkey could continue to carry American arms onto Cyprus, but all other U.S. arms to that country were embargoed.

As the Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Human Rights Subcommittee said recently, “The United States should lift its outdated arms embargo on Cyprus. There’s no good reason for the United States to deny a tried and true ally like Cyprus essential weaponry for its defense.”

Another member of the U.S. House of Representatives received a standing ovation from colleagues for his impassioned defense of Congressional duty. He said, “We make laws. The President was given the duty to take care that the laws be faithfully executed. The House of Representatives does not exist to pass suggestions. We do not exist to pass ideas. We make law.” The fact that such a basic point received such an overwhelming reaction indicates how far our Executive Branch can stray from our Founders’ brilliant vision.

The Cyprus arms embargo is an example of the kind of undemocratic conduct that is slowly sinking the American democratic ship of state. Today, 70% of young Americans and a majority of Americans under 60 DO NOT consider it “essential” to live in a democracy – that’s up from 30% in the 1930s.  And, 35% of well-to-do young Americans believe army rule would be a good form of government – up from 6% in 1995. In the past three years, scholars have filled book shelves and newspaper headlines with proof of this loss.

Unfortunately, Cyprus has experienced decades of such undemocratic American practices.  One of many occurred in 1978 when the White House began its effort to lift another arms embargo, the one against Turkey. That embargo was applied because Turkey used American arms illegally to invade and occupy the northern third of Cyprus. The White House promised the Congress that, if they lifted the Turkish arms embargo and Turkey did not withdraw its occupation of Cyprus, the embargo would be re-imposed. During the 40 years since, no troops have left and roughly half-a-million Turks have been moved to the occupied area of Cyprus. Yet, every few months, the Administration has assured the Congress, in a total of over 100 letters, of a fantasy that Turkey is moving toward a withdrawal from Cyprus.

In the past, the American government has played these dangerous games with Cyprus, the bulwark of the Western World in the Eastern Mediterranean. At the same time, Turkish President Erdogan’s dream of an Ottoman caliphate targets Cyprus’ Muslims. They are called Turkish-Cypriots even though their gene pool resembles Greek-Cypriots more than Turks and many were Christians who converted to Islam to avoid paying taxes under Ottoman rule. Also, in contrast to Erdogan’s Turks, Turkish-Cypriots are steeped in the thousands-of-years-old Western culture of Cyprus that has led to democratic, secular, moderate Muslim beliefs. Recently, Erdogan’s Turks on Cyprus attacked a newspaper while yelling “Allahu Akbar.” The paper had supported the U.S. in opposing Erdogan’s assault on U.S.-backed Syrian Kurds. Thousands of Cypriot-born Turkish-Cypriots immediately demonstrated against this attack.

In recent years, Erdogan’s aggression against Cyprus has included an attempt to steal Cyprus’ newly discovered hydrocarbons. This is all part of the Turkish President’s final push for Islamist Fundamentalism’s first modern conquest of Western World territory and resources – the northern third of Cyprus.  These are hydrocarbons that the Eastern Mediterranean Alliance — Cyprus, Greece and Israel – are working on together to provide safe delivery to Western Europe.

Fortunately, State Department officials handling this region of the world today and the effort to lift the arms embargo against Cyprus and cut off the delivery of F-35 stealth fighter jets to Turkey are among the best we have seen in half a century, possibly in the league of Dick Holbrooke. Gone, at least for the moment, are those who smugly ignored our legislative branch’s laws regarding Cyprus.

A policy of sanctions against Turkey for imprisoning an innocent American seems to have replaced our government’s previous policy of refusing for years to press Turkey about what its military did with five innocent Americans they captured. They were later found to have been executed with over 1,000 innocent Greek-Cypriots and dumped in mass graves.

Hopefully, today’s handling of Cyprus will be a textbook primer of top notch diplomacy as well as adherence to democratic procedures our Founders intended.

Philip Christopher is President of the International Coordinating Committee – Justice for Cyprus (PSEKA) and the Pancyprian Association of America

Andy Manatos is President of the National Coordinated Effort of Hellenes

Mike Manatos is President of Manatos & Manatos

International Coordinating Committee Justice for Cyprus • psekausa@aol.com

4 Comments

  1. Go blow it out your nose…. Mr Manatos…. ..Where have you people been for the last 40 years…. to make the U.S led Nato members like England and Turkey accountable …for their illegall occupying territory of Cyprus…since U.N. resolutions demand the removal of all foreign troops from Cyprus…which means the British base in Cyprus , as well as , Turkish base in Northern Cyprus! But Mr. Manatos is an honorable Greek American member of one of the many self appointed representative of the people of Greece and Cyprus!

    Mr Manatos…. where have you been for 40 years in not making the United States accountable for supporting th e invasion of Cyprus …in which ethnic Greek Cypriots were ethnically murdered and religiously cleansed from their home in Northern Cyprus….and the installed government of Cyprus did nothing …but surrender the sovereignty of Cyprus …..to the United States and Nato members Britain and Turkey! But you are an honorable man!

    Mr. Manatos… where have you been for 40 years .. in allowing the betrayal of both Greece and Cyprus by the political prostitutes and depraved members of white supremacist in our government to reward Turkey for their crimes against humanity by providing them with the most lethal weapons in the world …including nuclear warheads …in violation of the nuclear proliferation treaties, which only emboldens them to threaten Cyprus again …while embargoing Cyprus! But Mr. Manatos …is an honorable Man!

    Mr. Manatos… where were you and TNH….in advising Cyprus that they could get better weapons from Russia …as India, Turkey, Pakistan , Syria, China.etc etc do now…despite the outrageous demands…that they only buy America weapons …. or face sanctions! However , the puppet government of Cyprus … would never defy these demands of the U.S. and Nato …even though they are not part of Nato!

    This is the Same government today…. who according to Cypriot Greeks … doesn’t even educate the current generation of Greek Cypriots in school of the heroic leaders who fought the British white supremacist colonialist to gain Cyprus independence! Apparently, they are more likely to know …that George Washington was the leader of the American independence from these same Anglo white supremacist from Britain ..who continue to occupy Cyprus …to continue to murder the citizens of foreign countries! But Mr. Manatos…is an honorable man!

    Mr. Manatos… where have you been for the last 40 years….in getting the U.S government to impose economic sanctions on Turkey, and the honorable TNH…… implies because of your effort on behalf of Cyprus?

    No …Mr. Manatos…. the reason for the current sanctions on Turkey …like on China, Pakistan and other countries….is simply because they purchased S-400 anti ballistic missile systems from Russia…which obviously Cyprus has not !

    Importantly, Turkey will have the economic sanctions removed…as soon as …they cancel their contract with Russia…and purchase Patriot Missile Systems….and stop interfering with Russia to eliminate the terrorist proxy army of the United States…looking to partition Syria’s territory …like they did to Cyprus! But Mr Manatos…is an honorable Man!

    What Mr. Manatos really is …. nothing but a Glory to America Ahepan Mason… doing his jobTir.. to promote the propaganda campaign and agenda ..of the degenerates in the U.S government to prevent any relationship between the government of Cyprus ….. and prevent them from purchasing Russian military hardware…..but US military hardware!

    What motivates Mr. Manatos and the new push to provide arms to Cyprus …is to use Cyprus …as a means of punishing Turkey for exercising their sovereignty to purchase weapons and become a part of the solution in Syria to end a war created by Turkey , United States and Saudi Arabia…. from the enemies of America…not Greece, not Turkey, nor the rest of the world….which include Russia! But Mr. Manatos… is an honorable man!

    Mr. Manatos…where were you, when your organizations including the fraudulent Ahepa secret society received from me and members of the Greek Cypriot community…whose families were actually displaced and murdered in 1974…..over 5 years … a petition which not only made the U.S accountable for a discriminatory foreign policy against the people of Cyprus …but making them accountable for the crimes commited against the people of Northern Cyprus and the continued occupation of Cyprus by Nato allies Britain and Turkey! A petition which made the U.S led Nato alliance accountable for the criminal actions of their members ….and demanded the same economic, political , and military warfare…. impose on Russia…for annexing Crimea!

    It is exactly that petition …that exposed the hypocracy and myth …that America was so exceptional …that they had the right to bomb countries of the world ….to save them …when they were only using that to …invade and overthrow the legitimate government of the world …who happened to be considered enemies of the degenerate Anglo White supremacist of the United States and England….not the world !
    Where was Mr. Manatos with his secret society of Greek traitors…. they were burying this offense of insubordination to the glory of America! But Mr. Manatos …is an honorable man!

    What our Greek American communities and Greek communities in Cyprus and Greece should do…is to throw out the United States, Britain , Nato and close all bases in Greece and Cyprus, and finally get rid of Tsipras and Anastasidis and their ruling parties , and begin purchasing what ever military equipment Russia can provide …including the best anti -ballistic missile system ..like the S- 400, however, I think Cyprus , can settle for the S-300 , and what Syria …has just been given to destroy the U.S partner in war crimes air bombers from Israel ..who have been doing their part in contributing to World War 3….by breaking every international law …in bombing the country of Syria… to protect the so called Jihadist of Saudi Arabia and the United States….until Turkey is removed from Northern Cyprus! Now Mr. Manatos…. that is really supporting Cyprus …and not the Glory to America fascist …that now unfortunately …have taken over my country!

    Of course , while Cyprus is not a member of Nato allegedly…you will be threatened with economic sanctions…while Turkey remains untouched in Cyprus!

    In summary , the United States is no longer a democracy…but an International Totalitarian government …that is at war with the world ….and Donald Trump…as witnessed over the past 2 years, and not because he is also a fascist collaborator…but because he is dangerous in threatening the power structure of the last 200 years owned by Anglo white supremacist …who are no more different than their ancestors …. and colonial nation killer ….the Royal family of England!
    ….

  2. Where can I ship a case of anti-diarrheal OTC meds to Mike Gianakos ?

    Can any doc call in Lomotil to CVS?

    I suppose he also needs 4 cans of Glade and a 12 pack of Scott tissues.

    Use my credit card.

    1. Where have you been Spiro….has Captain Hook and his Ahepan Pirates.. been one of their vacation cruises of mind control …. and meditation …on how to save your sinking ship!

      Sorry Spiro,,,,but your prescription for your narratives ….. and for your aging membership and followers… may be appropriate for you ….and your leadership….it is certainly ….not needed by the readership of your Ahepa….mouthpiece TNH!

      Tell Mr. Manatos…. that as a Greek American…. I find it insulting….that you provide an illusion of hope for the Cypriots of Greece….that his secret society is actually supporting them!

      You are merely a distraction…to self promote yourself…. for the Glory of America….. and some position in the Government or a position in one of the many Jewish lobbying groups, who actually, pay for protecting Israel from their war crimes charges!

  3. Where have you been Spiro….has Captain Hook and his Ahepan Pirates.. been one of their vacation cruises of mind control …. and meditation …on how to save your sinking ship!

    Sorry Spiro,,,,but your prescription for your narratives ….. and for your aging membership and followers… may be appropriate for you ….and your leadership….it is certainly ….not needed by the readership of your Ahepa….mouthpiece TNH!

    Tell Mr. Manatos…. that as a Greek American…. I find it insulting….that you provide an illusion of hope for the Cypriots of Greece….that his secret society is actually supporting them!

    You are merely a distraction…to self promote yourself…. for the Glory of America….. and some position in the Government or a position in one of the many Jewish lobbying groups, who actually, pay for protecting Israel from their war crimes charges!

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