1430 - History and Sin

N. Lygeros
Translated from the Greek by Evi Charitidou

On May 14th 1914, the Minister of Interior Talaat Pasha gives the following secret order: “It is urgent on political grounds that the Greek inhabitants of the Minor Asia coast be obliged to evacuate their villages and settle down to Erzeroum and Chaldea’s prefectures. If they deny to move to the indicated places, you are asked to give oral orders to our Muslim brethren, so that they oblige the Greeks with any kind of atrocities to expatriate by themselves and on their own initiative. In this case do not forget to take from the dislocated persons statements that they abandon their fireplaces on their own initiative entirely “.

Moreover when we recall that Talaat Pasha is one of the main responsible for the genocide of the Armenians, it becomes harder to believe that the eradication of any non-Turkish element was not scheduled and that it did not belong to a general state planning. Nothing happened spontaneously. Any move by the Turkish system has always had the same objective. Unfortunately, the people who realized this were very rare and could not convince our own; and this is the reason why we experienced the most marred pages in our modern times. The genocide of the Armenians and the Pontiacs belong to the same framework as proven now by the historic documents. However, they are not unique cases. The problem of the recognition of the Cypriot Republic, even though it may seem formal and procedural, it belongs, in reality, to the same framework, and the same tactic. We must not isolate it from the historic reality. For, it is the natural continuation of the same effort referring to the ideology shown by the nazi regime. It is not only that the country itself should be “clean”, but also it needs a “vital space”, which is Cyprus, the Aegean Sea and Thrace. Now as this area belongs to the European Union it is natural for Turkey and its intransigent tactic to claim a place in it. In this way, Turkey wishes to control internally what she considers as her space. We must deal with this doctrine as European citizens belonging to an institution based on human rights. We cannot accept Turkey’s will on economic grounds, which do not exist since agreements are already implemented. The Eastern question incorporated into the historic context poses the problem of our ontology and this is the reason why it is so important.