Cyprus: 20 YearsJuly 20, 1994, marked the 25th anniversary...


August 01, 1994

Cyprus: 20 Years

July 20, 1994, marked the 25th anniversary of the historic landing on the moon. Quite appropriately The Sun published articles and an editorial commemorating this event.

July 20 was also the 20th anniversary of the brutal and savage invasion of the Republic of Cyprus by Turkish armed forces.

Unfortunately The Sun did not deem it appropriate to mention this sad anniversary. Could it be that your past naive and unrealistic editorials urging the Congress to lift the arms embargo against Turkey (which action you stated would encourage Turkey to remove its armed forces) are now an embarrassment to you?

Although 20 years have elapsed, 35,000 Turkish troops still occupy approximately 40 percent of Cyprus in violation of international law and Turkey's NATO, United Nations and Helsinki Accord commitments.

In addition, Turkey has settled thousands of ethnic Turks on the island, thus changing its demographic character while continuing one obstinate intransigence after another in refusing to reach any reasonable agreement for the removal of its occupation forces.

That such would be the case should have been clear to all when the Turkish premier, Bulent Ecevit, declared on July 22, 1974: "Turkish presence on the island is now irrevocably established."

Whatever pretense of legitimate purpose there may have been for the initial Turkish intervention on the island, when, after several weeks, stability returned, enosis (union with Greece) was renounced and the legitimate government of Cyprus restored there was no longer any valid reason for Turkish armed forces to remain on the island.

For the past 20 years the United States has maintained the attitude that the Turks are really making a good faith effort toward a settlement.

Since when is 20 years of intractability and contumacy considered a "good faith effort?"

Turkish obstinacy has gotten so out of hand that recently the United Nations (historically unbiased) took the unprecedented action during mediation talks of pointing a finger at Turkey.

Why doesn't the United States listen to what the Turks have clearly indicated all along -- they will not negotiate the status quo on Cyprus unless the United States makes them.

Would South Africa have backed off from apartheid without sanctions and the other pressures put upon it?

It is indeed ironic that while the Berlin Wall has come down, the Green Line that separates Turkish- occupied Cyprus from free Cyprus still remains after years. The Turkish strategy is quite clear. Continue obdurate delay and intransigence until so much time will have passed that very few, if any, will remember a time when all of Cyprus was free.

Evan Alevizatos Chriss


Adopting Pets

I would like to continue on the theme of Louise Keelty's July 18 letter and the sad way in which her cat was killed.

The cartoon showing the dog about to be euthanized in a shelter is only too true. Million upon million of dogs and cats are killed year after year in shelters, because the owners have not put identification on them, have not kept them on leashes and generally think they are replaceable, if they think at all.

Please, next time anyone is ready for the commitment entailed of a new dog or cat, do go to your local shelter. There is something very special about an animal adopted from a shelter -- every day one feels good about oneself, and it -- knowing that one has saved a life.

Valentine Somers


Male White CEOs

"How Sweet It Is" (business section, July 24) should have been titled "Maryland Corporate Power Structure Disproves Myth of Equality of Opportunity in State."

Nevertheless, reporter Joel Obermayer provided the hard-working taxpayers of this state a rare glimpse of who runs corporate Maryland, and it is hardly a pleasant picture.

It is obvious that economic power in Maryland is in the hands of white men over the age of 50. Not one of the top ten photographed is female, Hispanic or African-American.

More depressing is the chart listing the top 96 chief executives with total compensation packages ranging from over $7 million annually at the top to $41,000 at the bottom.

Not more than 2 of the 96 listed are female, an embarrassing reflection of the absence of highly qualified corporate women in this state.

Let me suggest that the next article delve into the reasons why there are virtually no women in the corporate power structure of Maryland

If anyone doubts that equality of opportunity is a myth, and that a glass ceiling keeps women and minorities from making multi-million dollar incomes in Maryland, read "How Sweet It Is."

This would not be such a "bitter-sweet" story if the majority of those in the "Land of Pleasant Living" had even the slightest chance of competing for the corporate wealth that is reserved for such a infinitesimal number of Marylanders.

D. W. Dent


Drowning in People

How can Richard Rodriguez write a pro-immigration column (July 21) and never once utter the word overpopulation?

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