Yeraltý Notlarý, 30 Aðustos 2004

Sevgül Uludað

 

Banning fireworks, but bombs are free!… (*)

Sevgul Uludag

People will no longer be able to celebrate their weddings by throwing fireworks around. Talat-Serdar Denktash coalition has banned fireworks in the northern part of Cyprus… Those who want to use fireworks need to take permission from the coalition.

But they have no power over banning the bombings, which have been going on in the last 30 years in the northern part. So far more than 30 bombings occurred throughout the years, the latest one being the church of Ayios Mammas… But remember, at the beginning of this year the house of Mehmet Ali Talat was bombed and he was the `Prime Minister`… Previously the house of Dervish Eroglu who was also the `Prime Minister` was bombed. He even had security personnel standing in front of his house… Alpay Durduran’s house was bombed twice, in case you have forgotten… And also do you remember the bombing of the printing house of Afrika twice, in recent years? And KIBRIS newspaper was bombed this year… Of course no one was caught or punished. None of the bombers were ever caught or punished. Everyone knows who they are and why they do this… But everyone is `helpless`… This year, twice unexploded bombs were found in various places. A deserted car was found couple of months ago in the middle of Nicosia and apparently it belonged to a soldier from the Turkish military forces on the island whose expertise was bombs… Yesterday accidentally lots of bombs were discovered in the attic of a house when the new tenants moved in…

Sure, we have a `government` in the north – but it can only ban fireworks for the weddings, not the bombs… And you might ask, what is the police force doing then? But remember, the police is not under civilian control, it is under the direct command of the General Staff of Turkey, that is the control of our police is done by the military forces of Turkey. Therefore the police is not accountable to the civilians – we saw this in the murder of the journalist Kutlu Adali. Remember he was murdered in front of his house back in 1996? Well, no one was caught and the police did not even bother to take fingerprints from the house! And when the `Turkish Cypriot parliament` formed a committee to look into the murder and its connection to the Susurluk scandal in Turkey, the police would not say anything to them. It is claimed that the police said to the investigative committee:

`You know what? We are not accountable to the civilians… We do not need to say or give anything to you!`

Remember Susurluk scandal? Back in 1996 when there was a car crush and in the same care was figures of the `deep state` in Turkey? The head of the Grey Wolves, Abdullah Catli, the chief of the police and an MP? Catli was supposedly being searched by police but he had a `Green Passport` and he was using airports as a VIP – not only in Turkey but in northern part of Cyprus… And you know what? This accident showed the people in Turkey the tip of the iceberg: who was actually ruling the land? What were their connections? Who were these people who functioned as a `state` within the `state`? Well, there were politicians involved, paramilitary fascist groups involved who were used for the murders and bombings, there were some policemen and some military involved… The Susurluk scandal never came to an end and its connection to Cyprus never disclosed… But Catli was visiting the island, they were involved with the casinos and one of the owners of a casino in Cyprus, Omer Lutfi Topal, was killed in Istanbul in `Susurluk style`… With UZI guns… It was claimed that the same gun was used for the murder of the Turkish Cypriot journalist, Kutlu Adali… These guns belonged to a special team of the Turkish police – they were tried but all got off. No one seriously punished or anything… The game was too big: these men ran countries, they operated as a `state` within the `state`…

This week there was news reports about this bank called `First Merchant Bank` and the USA officially said that this bank was laundering black money and they had connections with organized crime… Well, the First Merchant Bank was connected with the `Susurluk scandal` and one of the owners, Tarik Umit, known also as `Yesil` was working for the intelligence services when he disappeared… The First Merchant Bank is an off-shore bank, still active in the middle of Nicosia, in the northern part of our island. Another shareholder, Hakki Yaman Namli was arrested in Turkey for money laundering acquired from international drugs trade in Russia, Italy and the Middle East but he was found `not guilty`… The bank in a statement on Wednesday this week said that `They were working legally under the control of the central bank in the north…` They found the statement of the USA `prejudiced`…

So the weddings will no longer be able to have fireworks but bombings will continue, offshores will be active, the `government` will say about Ayios Mammas bombing that `This is a threat not only against Greek Cypriots but against our state… This is a terrorist attack` but probably no one will be caught, tried and found guilty for such a terrorist attack…

Everyone knows who the rulers are in the northern part: sometimes, just in case you might forget, they remind you… They remind you with a bomb at Talat’s house or at Ayios Mammas… They remind you harshly in case you forget: nothing has actually changed in the northern part, all the structures remain, nothing has been dismantled. We just continue to watch a puppet show and the strings of the puppets are in the hands of the `deep state`…

What use, you might say, all this struggle for peace and democracy and reunification? Because unless we die, our hopes for peace and a decent human life on this island will not end… So they will continue to try to destroy our hopes for reunification and we shall continue to struggle… It’s our lives at stake, our hopes, our dreams on this island, whether we are Turkish Cypriots or Greek Cypriots… Our Greek Cypriot citizens must know that those who have bombed the church do not represent the peaceful voice of the Turkish Cypriots… Thousands of Turkish Cypriots condemn such attacks… So we must join our forces for a life without threats and terrorist attacks on this island…

(*) Article published in ALITHIA newspaper on the 29th of August, 2004.

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