Bilderberg Plans Confirmed -
US Slams Cyprus
Missile Deployment
By Michele Kambas
Note - This story seems to confirm John Whitley's exclusive story and revelation of the plans made at the recent Bilderberg conference.
NICOSIA (Reuters) - The United States said Tuesday the Greek Cypriot deployment of Russian missiles on divided Cyprus later this year and Turkish threats to block it would be a setback to peace efforts.
U.S. envoy Thomas Miller warned the situation could get worse before it gets better, a trend that could have a serious impact on the business climate on the eastern Mediterranean island, which relies heavily on tourism. ``The S-300 missile issue will be of particular concern to the United States in the next few months,'' Miller told a business gathering organised by The Economist Conferences in Nicosia.
``If they go and deploy the makes all of our efforts a lot harder. We have made it clear to the Turks that any kind of threats are also equally unproductive,'' he told reporters afterward. Turkey, which has occupied northern Cyprus since 1974, has vowed to block the arrival of the missiles, which are due for delivery in the southern government controlled areas of the island in August.
Western countries fear that any incident on Cyprus could spill over into a wider conflict between NATO partners Greece and Turkey, which are ethnic motherlands respectively of Cyprus' two communities.
Miller, who had talks earlier Tuesday with President Glafcos Clerides, the Greek Cypriot leader, and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash, said he had not received assurances from the Cyprus government that the missiles would not arrive. The Greek Cypriot-led government says the missiles are defensive to protect the island in the event of a Turkish attack.
An agreement to demilitarize the heavily armed island or progress in talks which would render their arrival unnecessary are the only things that will make them change their mind, they say.
``You are talking about two batteries of missiles. Two batteries of missiles will not even things off (on the island) at all. They are much more of a magnet to Turkish hostilities than they are a deterrent to Turkish hostilities,'' Miller said. Miller said he feared the situation might worsen with serious impact on the business climate in the island. ``As we look at where we go from here, it's clear that the situation could get worse before it gets better. And this trend could have a serious impact on the business climate in Cyprus,'' he said.
Denktash, who pulled out of inter-communal talks last year after the European Union decided to start membership talks with Cyprus, is seeking recognition of his breakaway state before any peace talks can resume. This demand was the main reason why the most recent mediation effort by U.S. envoy Richard Holbrooke failed in early May.
Miller said the U.S. administration was not discouraged. ``Like any complex challenge, there are bound to be ups and downs. You can't cut and run the first time the going gets tough or you will never get the solution you seek,'' he said.
The Mediterranean island's Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities have been divided by United Nations-controlled lines since 1974 when Turkey invaded the north after a brief Greek-inspired coup. Peace talks to reunite the island as a federation have been at a standstill since two inconclusive rounds under United Nations auspices last year. ^REUTERS@

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