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Vancouver Winter Olympics, message for Cyprus

Postby georgios100 » Sat Feb 13, 2010 6:25 pm

The opening ceremonies, a wonderful spectacle was on the airwaves last night. Audience worldwide approx 3 billion. I watched the Cyprus delegation march into the stadium consisting of one athlete. I felt very proud at that moment.

"The message" was the CTV commentator's remark about Cyprus. I quote:

"Here comes the Republic of Cyprus. Canada has a long history in Cyprus with decades of Canadian peacekeeping presence, totaling 25,000 men serving over the years. In all, 27 Canadian peacekeepers lost their lives in the line of duty. 1 billion dollars was the price tag of this effort.
Eventually, the Canadian presence was reduced down to a team of observers working along with the UN forces stationed there. Today, after decades of service, the Canadian peacekeeping force in Cyprus is reduced to 1(one) man."


This was heard by 3 billion people across the world. It sounded as if the Canadians had enough of us and decided to pack up & leave. They simply gave up. Sad but true.

Let's examine the reasons as to why the Canadians left without getting the job done. Feel free to add to the list below.

1. The climate was "too hot" for Canadians, so were the hostilities.

2. Run out of money. The Canadian taxpayers went broke on Cyprus.

3. The famous Famagusta beach was "out of bounds" soon after 1974.

4. They were considered as "British" rather than Canadians.

5. They had better things to do. Cyprus was a waste of time for them.

6. "Stifado" was their most hated item in the menu!


Winter Olympics link http://www.ctvolympics.ca/
(some browsers may require Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 or Microsoft Silverlight 3 to see the videos posted on this website)

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Postby apc2010 » Sun Feb 14, 2010 11:34 pm

Sorry ,am i being stupid here ? 27 canadians lost their lifes in cyprus ?
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Postby georgios100 » Mon Feb 15, 2010 2:32 am

apc2010 wrote:Sorry ,am i being stupid here ? 27 canadians lost their lifes in cyprus ?


I stand corrected. The actual number of Canadian peacekeepers who died while on duty in Cyprus is 28 not 27. I apologize for the mistake.

Source : Veteran Affairs Canada.
Link : http://www.vac-acc.gc.ca/remembers/sub. ... ets/cyprus

Scrool down the page a bit. Look under the heading "Sacrifice"

In all, more than 160 UN personnel from different countries have died in the course of the peace efforts in Cyprus. The mission is considered a failure.

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Postby repulsewarrior » Mon Feb 15, 2010 4:08 am

...considered a failure by who?

...more importantly, what is the Cypriot athlete competing in, and when will the event be televised?
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Postby georgios100 » Mon Feb 15, 2010 6:23 pm

repulsewarrior wrote:...considered a failure by who?

Canada.

...more importantly, what is the Cypriot athlete competing in, and when will the event be televised?


The Cypriot athlete is Christopher Papamihalopoulos, mens giant slalom.
link http://www.vancouver2010.com/olympic-al ... 743KO.html

The event will be televised. Perhaps RIK might show his run... don't know.

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Postby kurupetos » Mon Feb 15, 2010 7:05 pm

georgios100 wrote:
repulsewarrior wrote:...considered a failure by who?

Canada.

...more importantly, what is the Cypriot athlete competing in, and when will the event be televised?


The Cypriot athlete is Christopher Papamihalopoulos, mens giant slalom.
link http://www.vancouver2010.com/olympic-al ... 743KO.html

The event will be televised. Perhaps RIK might show his run... don't know.

Georgios100


What about his sister, Sophia?

http://www.vancouver2010.com/olympic-alpine-skiing/athletes/sophia-papamichalopoulou_ath1006776VE.html
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Postby georgios100 » Mon Feb 15, 2010 7:27 pm

kurupetos wrote:
georgios100 wrote:
repulsewarrior wrote:...considered a failure by who?

Canada.

...more importantly, what is the Cypriot athlete competing in, and when will the event be televised?


The Cypriot athlete is Christopher Papamihalopoulos, mens giant slalom.
link http://www.vancouver2010.com/olympic-al ... 743KO.html

The event will be televised. Perhaps RIK might show his run... don't know.

Georgios100


What about his sister, Sophia?

http://www.vancouver2010.com/olympic-alpine-skiing/athletes/sophia-papamichalopoulou_ath1006776VE.html


Good question. I don't know if she will compete.

Perhaps another member of this forum can enlighten us.

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Postby apc2010 » Mon Feb 15, 2010 7:28 pm

Was this combat or accidents, again apologise for my ignorance
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Postby georgios100 » Mon Feb 15, 2010 7:35 pm

apc2010 wrote:Was this combat or accidents, again apologise for my ignorance


They got caught in the crossfire... see link below for details.
http://www.vac-acc.gc.ca/remembers/sub. ... ets/cyprus

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Postby apc2010 » Mon Feb 15, 2010 7:39 pm

Thank you v much ...
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