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We have never realised the seriousness of our problems.


Loucas Charalambous

IN AN INTERVIEW he gave to Antenna TV last Tuesday, DISY chief Nicos Anastasiades came up with the wisest thing I have heard from a Greek Cypriot politician in the last few years.

He said: "Our most serious problem is that we do not realise the seriousness of our problems."

A day has probably not gone by in the last 60 years of life of this peculiar country, which has not confirmed Anastassiades' view. Is there any chance of reading or watching the news on any day without being reminded of the fact that, as a rule, we have no concept of the seriousness of problems we face?

If all those, who took the decisions about our future all these years, had been capable of comprehending the gravity of the variety of problems facing the country and tackling them, there is no way we would be in such trouble today.

The strange thing is that, as time passes, we learn nothing from our mistakes but become even worse. Take our president, who, as I wrote last week, is moving on a downward spiral. You only had to read the nonsensical comments he uttered while on holiday in London in the last week.

He found himself among uncritical expatriates and saw it as an opportunity to indulge in demagoguery, bombarding us every day with inanities. Among his priorities was to prove that he was no lesser patriot than others and suddenly he became a Turk-baiter.

He accused Turkey's PM Tayyip Erdogan and his government of "wanting to bring thousands and thousands of settlers to Cyprus so that there are as many Turks as Turkish Cypriots". The president was implying that he was not aware that "thousands and thousands of settlers" are already here.

He forgets that he is one of the biggest culprits for what has happened. In 2004 there were about 41,000 settlers and today there are about 300,000 if not more. The floodgates were opened after the rejection of the Annan plan in which Christofias played a leading role.

He also said, rather sulkily, that as long as Mehmet Ali Talat was in power, Erdogan greeted him, whenever he saw him, "with great warmth", but after Dervis Eroglu was elected, the PM would turn his back to him. And who is to blame for this? Christofias helped in the downfall of Talat who was right in pointing this out to him.

Christofias also had a go at the evil Brits, proudly declaring that he staged a "tremendously big fight" for the renewal of the UNFICYP mandate at the Security Council.

The troika was not spared. He conceded he had asked for a bailout before going on the offensive. "We probably have a different evaluation. Unfortunately, the troika is following the familiar path, which is why we are reacting, defending the interests of the workers and the ordinary people."

He is telling us that he brought the troika to save us from bankruptcy, but now he has noticed that it has targeted the workers he has declared war on it in order to protect them from its nastiness. Why is he exerting himself, fighting a war he cannot win? There is an easier way - he could just tell the troika to leave. It will happily leave us alone and the workers would be saved.

It is blatantly obvious that this man has completely lost touch with reality. He is totally lost. He does not know what he is saying or doing.

Anastassiades was absolutely right in saying that our biggest problem is that we do not understand the seriousness of our problems.

This is particularly true of Christofias, who not only does not understand the seriousness of the problems the country is facing, but it is doubtful he understands what he is saying every time he opens his mouth.

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Date:Aug 5, 2012
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