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Egypt’s President Sisi Holds Summit With Cyprus, Greece and Excludes Turkey

Egypt’s President Sisi Holds Summit With Cyprus, Greece and Excludes Turkey

Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades (L) and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi chat as they enter the Presidential Palace in Nicosia, April 29, 2015. Sisi was in Cyprus to discuss regional cooperation with Anastasiades and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.  REUTERS/Yiannis Kourtoglou
Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades (L) and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi chat as they enter the Presidential Palace in Nicosia, April 29, 2015. Sisi was in Cyprus to discuss regional cooperation with Anastasiades and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. REUTERS/Yiannis Kourtoglou

Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi arrived in Cyprus on Wednesday, where he met with Cypriot counterpart Nicos Anastasiades.

Sisi was accompanied by Petroleum Minister Sherif Ismail, Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri and Investment Minister Ashraf Salman, according to a statement by the presidency.

The Egyptian president expressed his gratitude for the Cypriot president’s support to Egypt within the European Union, said Presidential Spokesman Alaa Youssef in a statement.

Sisi stressed Egypt’s unchanged stance toward the Cypriot cause regionally and internationally.

Cyprus is part of a dispute with Turkey due to a division between the Turkish Cypriot Community and the Greek Cypriot one.

The latter controls the internationally recognized Republic of Cyprus, which Turkey does not recognize, whereas the former controls the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, an entity only recognized by Turkey.

Both presidents stressed they are keen on developing relations between their states in the fields of energy, economy and investment.

Sisi is also attending a summit with Anastasiades and the Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, the presidency had earlier announced.

Cairo had hosted a summit for Sisi, Anastasiades and former Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras in November 2014, where they agreed on a new partnership between Egypt and the European Union, with Greece and Cyprus as “ambassadors”.

Youssef had earlier said in the statement that Sisi’s visit to Cyprus is a follow-up to the November summit.

Nicosia is the first stop on Sisi’s trip. The president is also scheduled to fly to the Spanish capital of Madrid, where he will meet Spanish King Felipe VI and Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.

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  • PhilLC

    you state ”Cyprus is part of a dispute with Turkey due to a division between the Turkish Cypriot Community and the Greek Cypriot one.”

    You need to clarify that Turkey illegally invaded Cyprus in July 1974 and since then is controlling 37% of its territory having ethnically cleansed the north of the island of its majority Greek population and importing tens of thousands of illegal immigrants over the years. The ‘north’ is militarily occupied territory by about 40,000 mainland Turkish troops who are stationed there.

    • PapaBravo

      And you need to clarify that Turkey intervened only after a Greek led Coup de tat to take over the government of Cyprus and unite the island with Greece, AND because the Greek Cypriots, with the assistance of Greek army officers, were engaged in a systematic process of village by village ethnic cleansing of Turkish Cypriots which had been going on since 1963. Your view is typical of many GCs who have a selective memory of events from 1963 – 1974.

      • PhilLC

        yes, there was a cop and Turkey’s only right of intervention was to restore the constitution; beyond that all Turkey did was invade, and control the country. Regarding your comments on ethnic cleansing what you state is a lie – its the Turksih Cypriots themselves who were forcing their people into enclaves in order to create subterfuge and help themselves to look like victims; yes, there were a few atrocities on both sides but nothing compared to Turkish gross violation which still stands despite numerous UN resolutions asking her to withdraw etc etc…Turkey is a rogue country and nothing you can state will trying to pull the wool over people’s eyes will prevaila, as the truth always does…e.g. the Armenian genocide of 1915

        • [email protected]

          So, when non-Turks kill turks it’s atrocities but when Turks kill non-Turks it’s a genocide? Ok I got what you’re trying to say.

          • PhilLC

            when Turks killed 1,500,000 Armenians plus about a similar number of Greeks, Assyrians and other minorities in the period 1915-1923 I’d qualify that as Genocide; the few 10s of Turkish Cypriots killed in inter-communal troubles in Cyprus I’d call an atrocity. There were more Greek Cypriots killed and are missing from Turkey’s invasion of Cyprus in 1974 than Turkish Cypriots killed during the same period and no one has ever labelled this sad loss of life as a genocide.

          • [email protected]

            Where did you pull that number from? The number of Armenian casualties is closer to 600,000 on accounts of british scholars such as Arnold Toynbee Infact 1.3 million Armenians lived in the Ottoman Empire pre-World War I but is it ok then to overlook the two to three million Ottoman citizens, Muslims, Jews, Kurds and Christians, who too lost their lives? There are ZERO international courts designating this civil war as genocide and 173 countries not recognizing it as well as the UN, USA and Israel. However, $20 million has been spent on PR and Lobby by Armenia to cultivate your point of view and blindside the rest of the picture.
            “The few 10s of Turkish Cypriots killed in inter-communal troubles”? You make it sound like a bus accident not annexing the island from Muslim Turks.

          • PhilLC

            everyone states around 1.5 million and only Turkey talks of a smaller figure. Turkey’s allies in WW1, namely Austria and Germany have called in genocide and they should know if no one else as Germans were there and saw and even helped…

            Your last statement is the joke of the century! Cyprus was a predominantly Greek inhabited island since at least 1000BC so who is annexing what is left for you to deduce; it was part of the Ottoman Empire from 1571 to 1878 and that never made it part of Turkey but simply part of the Empire. Did the Arabs ‘annex’ Syria, Lebanon, Mesopotamia etc from Turkey when they threw the Ottomans out?

          • [email protected]

            “Turks were the enemies of the adversaries of the Empire …”? Sure they weren’t besties with there adversaries “Everyone states 1.5 million?” Actually Armenians claimed that as many as 600,000 had been killed. Later, they adjusted the number to 800,000. Now, their number lies at 1.5 million. The 1918 edition of Encyclopedia Britannica mentions that but why look into facts when predominantly christian countries (Everyone) state that.

            Yes, Cypress was predominantly Greek and part of the Ottoman empire which when collapsed the majority was killing the minority. That is not ok! So the Turkish military intervened.

            Would you rather the Turkish military didn’t intervene and the Greek Cypriots kill the Muslim Turks? I am sure you don’t.

            “Did the Arabs ‘annex’ Syria, Lebanon, Mesopotamia etc from Turkey when they threw the Ottomans out?” Ever heard of the English? Civilized tea drinking people, occupied a lot of land, had an empire and were at odds with other empires, had bad teeth and a horrible sense of partitioning of land? Maybe you should have them answer that last question and maybe you’ll get an answer maybe you’ll get an answer or … The joke of the century.

          • PhilLC

            the ‘annex’ word was used by you so I was throwing it back as a question…I know the British too well as they were part of the mess in Cyprus (and i’m one too…)…

            The Cypriot Moslems (most were converted Greeks) would never have been harmed if they did not create their TMT group (with British encouragement) and thus pose a threat to the Greek vision of union with Greece. Moslems in Cyprus had all the freedoms and rights of any other and the people on Cyprus got along very well with each other – its the Brits who really were the instigators of the division…

            Regarding the Armenians, when you read the stories and what proportion of families perished, the total 1.5 million figure is quite plausible.

          • [email protected]

            You haven’t read any of the the horrid stories from the Turkish side and what the Armenians did when the Russians invaded.

          • PhilLC

            that was ‘war’ whereas the expulsions and massacres of Armenians, Greeks and Assyrians were genocide and premeditated. No comparison. It’s like you are comparing the Jewish Holocaust with the expulsion etc of Germans from Czechoslovakia.

          • [email protected]

            The United Nations, The United states, Israel, along with 173 countries including your own government all refuse to acknowledge this civil war as a genocide because it’s not.

            Not a single international criminal court has acknowledged it. Because it’s a lie, a propaganda that costed $20 million dollars to lobbies and PR agencies from the Armenian government.

            Now if you can’t agree with me, the United Nations or any international court of justice for that matter and instead choose to agree with Wikipedia then no further arguments from me.

          • PhilLC

            you wish to remain ignorant and believe the lies taught by the Turkish Government; denial is different than recognition. The 173 countries you state don’t deny it but simply have not taken an official stance. When they do, e.g. Germany, Austria and Luxembourg very recently, they recognise it as genocide.

            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armenian_Genocide_recognition

            and since you bring up the UN:

            United Nations[edit]

            In 1985, the United Nations Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities received a report from Special Rapporteur and Sub-Commission member Benjamin Whitaker (United Kingdom) entitled Revised and Updated Report on the Question of the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide(commonly known as The Whitaker Report), in which the Ottoman systematic massacre of Armenians during the World War I was cited as meeting the criteria for the UN definition of genocide and as one of the genocides of the 20th century.[16] His report was received and noted by a resolution at the 38th session of the Sub-Commission in 1985. (E/CN.4/Sub.2/1985/6, 2 July 1985)

            If it had been a lie, it would not have been accepted s evidence.

          • [email protected]

            What did I say about Wikipedia? Do you even know what you posted? The Sub-Commission refused to endorse the indictment for lack of convincing evidence.

            the U.N. did not accept the report. It considered whether even to “receive” the report and declined. After long debate, it decided merely to “take note” of the report. Under U.N. protocol, this constituted a polite rejection.

          • PhilLC

            its still there though and not struck off the books; and we don’t need the UN plenary to accept it in order for it to be a fact and besides I doubt that it would be an issue for it as the UN is there to discuss current affairs. The fact of the Armenian, Greek and Assyrian genocide is a clear-cut historical record. No need to continue with more references.

          • [email protected]

            Yes, as well as it being rejected.

            If you want to accuse a group of people of a crime as heinous as a genocide you better have convincing evidence to submit on the world stage infront of the United Nations and in the international criminal court of justice not on twitter.

          • PhilLC

            you are pathetic. The evidence is all over the place. Funny that only the perpetrator country and most of its citizens seem to have a different opinion.

          • [email protected]

            Well then present it to the U.N and make a case in the ICC.

          • PhilLC

            not up to me but the egg is already on Turkey’s face. By the way, are you aware of this?

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4abD-CQX6as

          • [email protected]

            She is hot isn’t she? 😉

            Honestly I’m at work so I can’t watch it now but I’ll watch it when I get back.

          • [email protected]

            You really ought to read about what you’re posting.

            You do realize that this is an appeal to the ruling in Perincek’s favor?

            So if this was as clear-cut as you claim why would the ECHR rule in Perincek’s favor?

            You really ought to read first before you post.

            Anyway since you posted a video (which backfired and proved my point) here is my turn to post one:

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMallKZDKoY

          • PhilLC

            the ECHR ruling is bound to be overturned as they ruled in Perincek’s favour due to a technicality. U obviously did not listen to the reasoning provided by Ms. Clooney. I guess u think she is presenting Armenian ‘lies’? U have proved nothing. Armenians don’t lie as a rule – its against all our principles. The evidence is overwhelmingly against the Turks

          • [email protected]

            International law does not recognize the 1915 atrocities as a genocide.
            That is a fact!
            Neither the U.N, the U.S, Israel, or any international criminal court of justice recognize the 1915 atrocities as genocide.
            That is a fact!
            Ms. Clooney is a lawyer not a judge.

            That is a fact!

            I don’t need to prove anything.

          • PhilLC

            why are you referring to the UN, US and Israel, as though they are the only purveyors of truth? Does the EU Parliament, which speaks for the entire 28 member states mean nothing? Does the parliament of Germany count less than Israel? Or of Austria? If anyone, they know what genocide means.
            You keep referring to international criminal courts etc…they never have discussed the issue so its not admissible as evidence. The term ‘genocide’ on the other hand, was created largely based on the experience of the Armenian nation – so call it what you want, but any way you look at it Turkey is grossly at fault. After all, only them, and their blood relatives the Azeris deny it. There is no disagreement when we describe the loss of precious life in places like Srebrenica as genocide, when a few thousand were murdered in cold blood and deniers like you play with words when 1,500,000 Armenians suffered a similar fate.

          • [email protected]

            Because,

            International law does not recognize the 1915 atrocities as a genocide.
            That is a fact!
            Neither the U.N, the U.S, Israel, or any international criminal court of justice recognize the 1915 atrocities as genocide.
            That is a fact!
            Ms. Clooney is a lawyer not a judge.

            That is a fact!

            I don’t need to prove anything.

          • [email protected]
          • [email protected]

            Non of these are facts and they are not recognized by neither the U.N, the U.S, Israel, or any international criminal court of justice.

            http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Remembering-the-past-thinking-of-the-future-398083

          • PhilLC

            since you are so enamoured by Israel’s official stance on the subject you can read this too:

            http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Politics-And-Diplomacy/Knesset-speaker-Edelstein-calls-for-Israeli-recognition-of-Armenian-genocide-402878

            and as I said before, Germany’s recognition was far more meaningful, although not necessary to prove a fact…this is politics.

          • [email protected]

            Yes, That’s politics but international law is not politics and as you should know by now there are ZERO international criminal court recognizing the events of 1915 as genocide.

            nternational law does not recognize the 1915 atrocities as a genocide.
            That is a fact!
            Neither the U.N, the U.S, Israel, or any international criminal court of justice recognize the 1915 atrocities as genocide.
            That is a fact!

          • PhilLC

            not sure about your level of IQ but the international court of justice was never asked to deliver any judgement on the issue so your point is entirely moot. The court does not invent issues for it to judge upon unless someone brings the case to them

            you know that the US has not acted simply for political expediency and pressure from Turkey; and as you like facts, most individual US States have recognised it and they represent the majority of Americans; as for Israel, who cares? why do you point at them? Besides, you also know, or should know, that their silence on it is also political expediency…their neighbour Lebanon has recognised it, So?

            In the end you have ZERO credible arguments but as a denier you will try to grab at any straw available to your denialist mind-set.

            Wish you good reading of objective materials on the subject!

          • [email protected]

            International law does not recognize the 1915 atrocities as a genocide.
            That is a fact!

            Neither the U.N, the U.S, Israel, or any international criminal court of justice recognize the 1915 events as genocide.
            That is a fact!

            You are embarrassing yourself.
            That is a fact!

          • PhilLC

            got it right last time; low IQ

          • [email protected]

            International law does not recognize the 1915 atrocities as a genocide.

            That is a fact!

            Neither the U.N, the U.S, Israel, or any international criminal court of justice recognize the 1915 events as genocide.

            That is a fact!

            You are embarracing yourself.

            That is a fact!

          • PhilLC

            Turkey exterminated 1.5 million Armenians; that is fact.
            Turkey exterminated another million or so Greeks and Assyrians; that is fact.
            Turkey committed Genocide, because with today’s vocabulary you are only lying to yourself if you don’t recognise it as such. I know too many people who lost their entire families as well as properties and homes…people ‘disappearing’, people shot in the back, people burnt inside churches…all facts.
            I don’t need to prove anything either. Turkey is the only country which has to come to terms with its gory past and there are countless history books describing it all across the Ottoman empire and also after 1923 – I suggest you read a few more

          • PhilLC

            p.s. I did mention the others who lost their lives, but of course there were Turks but it was not the Armenians who were responsible for their deaths except where they were protecting their homes like at Musa Dagh. Turks were the enemy of all the adversaries of the Empire…

          • Jim Fox

            Pre- the Armenian Genocide the non- Muslim population of Turkey was around 30%. Now, it is about 0.2%.
            Mere coincidence?

          • [email protected]

            No, civil war and relocation outside what is now Turkey.

          • Jim Fox

            NO. Ethnic cleansing. Emigration was not an option. There was NO ‘civil war’. Turkey lies in true Muslim tradition.

          • [email protected]

            There was no civil war??? Immigration not an option? OMG! You have to tell everyone!!! Do you have a twitter account? It’s up to you Jim fox to correct history. The world is counting on you Jim.

          • Jim Fox

            You as a Turk will deny as Turks have for a century. The evidence makes you a liar and a poor one at that. I have no need to tell anyone anything and your puerile sneering impresses nobody but yourself.
            Muslim proficiency in lying and denial is a necessary consequence of belief in Islam, that most ridiculous and repugnant of ‘religions’.
            Here, educate yourself…

            http://www.history.com/topics/armenian-genocide

          • [email protected]

            Liar, liar pant on fire! Haha! what are you 12?

            I am not Turkish but I also don’t get my education from a TV station, I can’t wait for that one though, it’s going to be awesome!:

            http://www.history.com/shows/texas-rising/videos

            I like the Indian guys the most. What ever happened to them?

          • Jim Fox

            ” Liar, liar pant on fire! Haha! what are you 12?”

            Evidently your ‘education’ came from Dr Seuss.
            As I predicted your ONLY ‘argument’ is DENIAL.
            How sad that ignorance is not painful.

          • [email protected]

            My argument is that international law does not recognize the 1915 atrocities as a genocide.
            That is a fact!
            My argument is neither neither the U.N, the U.S, Israel, or any international criminal court of justice recognize the 1915 atrocities as genocide.
            That is a fact!
            and leave Dr Seuss out of this, the man made a lot of children your age happy
            Ok! that last statement is not a fact but in my defense I don’t know if you’re happy or not.

          • PhilLC

            where were they ‘relocated’? Most of them, sadly to their graves…and ‘civil war’? give me a break; a civil war is fighting amongst the same nationality and not between nations…the ‘ottomans’ were the Turks, and never described the nations within the empire e.g. the greeks, Arabs, Armenians etc.

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