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Finally, some guts; for Cyprus, Jasmin runs candidates

Postby repulsewarrior » Wed Mar 13, 2019 11:04 pm

Good News!

...what a storm this will create, your comments please.

New movement to stand for ‘all Cypriots’ in Euro elections

https://cyprus-mail.com/2019/03/13/new- ... elections/

The Jasmin Movement on Wednesday presented its six Turkish Cypriots candidates who will run for a seat in May’s European Parliament elections.

The candidates are Sener Levent, Ibrahim Aziz, Oz Karahan, Leyla Hussein Kiralp, Zeki Besiktepeli and Faize Ozdemirciler.

The Afrika daily’s publisher and journalist, Levent, said that they are not running as Turkish Cypriots but as Cypriots, citizens of the Republic of Cyprus, “who condemn the Turkish occupation”.


He said that the Jasmin Movement’s candidates are running in the elections to reveal what is truly going on in the north. While in the Republic the European acquis is in place, in the north, the same is true for the Ankara acquis, he said.

Levent said that the island has been under Turkish military occupation since 1974 which has now become a political occupation as well because the systematic population transfers from Turkey have made Turkish Cypriots a minority.

He said that settlers from Turkey outnumber Turkish Cypriots by five to one.

“We face the risk of settlers becoming locals and locals being left without a country, while the plundering of Greek Cypriot property that was forcibly taken with guns in 1974 continues,” he said.

As regards the Cyprus problem, he said that leaders and political parties failed so far to take serious steps toward a solution and peace.

Some examples, he said, is the perpetuation of the issue of missing persons, the fact that the two leaders never visited together a mass burial site, that Varoshia had not opened and that war criminals were never tried.
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Re: Finally, some guts; for Cyprus, Jasmin runs candidates

Postby LiopetriX » Wed Nov 13, 2019 10:16 am

I believe that they got incredible result comparing parties who have money. Many business people supported those parties but Jasmine Movement were just six independent candidates who did not make any advertisement etc. The results made them an important actor in the Cypriot political scene today. As movement they are silent since elections but one of their candidate, Oz Karahan's organisation Union of Cypriots are pretty active. Formations like Jasmine Movement, Union of Cypriots and Afrika newspaper are very important for Cyprus.
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Re: Finally, some guts; for Cyprus, Jasmin runs candidates

Postby repulsewarrior » Fri Nov 15, 2019 1:19 am

yes, i am hopeful too that a new wave of politics is starting, where ethnicity takes second place to principal, when it comes to Parties and their platforms.

perhaps it was over optimistic of me to imagine they would win a seat, but in any case a Cypriot, not Greek, but Turkish was elected for the very first time.

the next election in the occupied territories will be telling. my hope is that Akinci will dare to demonstrate that he is no "Turk", that while he is Turkish, he is Cypriot, and in expressing this clearly appeal to Cypriots as a whole. It is doubtful that any of the other candidates will support the notion that Cypriots exist, Turkish and Greek, who in effect are not "Greeks" and not "Turks"; although, it would not surprise me if AKEL found an opposition party they could support with such a notion, just as Disy may find that supporting Akinci's Party may present a better opportunity to represent Cypriot interests, than not.

...indeed, Turkish Cypriots and Greek Cypriots are no different, just as "Greeks" and "Turks", in affect, are no different.

welcome LiopetriX.
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