The Cyprus Crisis: Europe's Nightmare
The Cyprus Crisis
7:05 pm, Wednesday:
A terrorist car bombing of the EU headquarters in Brussels has resulted in the death of the Irish EU President Bertie Ahern. Ireland, along with the rest of the EU, have condemned the attacks and declared a three-day mourning period for "a truly heroic leader that will never be forgotten."
During Olympic preparations, a simultaneous bombing on the Pampeloponnisiako Stadium in the Greek city of Athens has seriously damaged the site and has claimed the lives of thirty-two people, including two British nationals and three French construction specialists.
In Paris, an attempted bombing of the headquarters of the French Assemble Nationale, or National Assembly, has been thwarted. French police forces claim to have custody of the two bombers, but their identities and the organization to which they belong are as of yet unknown.
8:30 am, Thursday:
Interrogation of the two terrorists in French custody has revealed that they are members of the Turkish-Northern-Cypriot terrorist organization, the National People’s Movement. The terrorists have indicated that the attacks on Brussels and Athens were also of the organization’s execution, and have claimed that more attacks on EU targets have been already planned and will be carried out in within one week. The pair have claimed that the attacks had been carried out in "the name of the reunification of Cyprus and its complete admission into the EU." These revelations have led to an emergency meeting of the Council of the European Union.
Meanwhile, in the Eastern Mediterranean region, tensions have been rising between Northern and Southern Cyprus as well as between Greece and Turkey. Greece has held Turkey responsible for Wednesday’s attack on the Olympic stadium, claiming that the terrorists were capable of infiltrating Greek territory as a result of poor Turkish border controls. French intelligence corroborates this claim, stating that terrorists had entered Greece through "Turkish channels." Turkey has condemned the bombings, yet would not take responsibility for terrorist access to Greece.
The United States has urged all parties to "exercise restraint."
11:30 am, Thursday:
Forces of the Greek terrorist faction EOKA have unexpectedly entered Turkey, claiming vengeance for the Olympic bombings as their sole motive. They have been immediately slaughtered by Turkish troops upon crossing the border. EOKA has pledged to send a more formidable force within an hour, but all reputable intelligence agencies unanimously indicate that EOKA had lost all its forces in the premiere offensive and no longer has any military capabilities whatsoever. For instance, according to the United States CIA, any claims otherwise are to be regarded as "deceitful comments reminiscent of the Al- Sahhaf claims during the opening stages of last year’s Iraq war."
Meanwhile, on the Island of Cyprus, there has been a massive buildup of troops on both sides between the North and the South. The troops of both sides are within viewing distance of each other, yet despite that no exchange of fire has of yet occurred. This has placed Cyprus on the very brink of civil war.
After the conclusion of the emergency meeting of the Council of the European Union, the EU has decided to form a permanent military wing for its personal protection, in addition to send troops to Cyprus to destroy the National People’s Movement and thereby protect itself for further terrorist threats. Northern-Cypriot troops, however, have responded by claiming that the European troops will be met with "blazing gunfire." Many reputable international political experts have concluded that the arrival of European troops will provide the spark that is necessary to ignite the already tense situation into a full-scale civil war that will completely engulf the Island of Cyprus. The United States has strongly condemned the "recent irresponsible actions of the European Union."
The EU will not halt the dispatch of troops to Cyprus until the National People’s Movement dissolves itself under Turkish supervision. The National People’s Movement has agreed to completely dissolving itself under Turkish supervision if and only if Cyprus is reunited and admitted into the EU. The EU will admit Cyprus if and only if it is reunited.
EU troops will touch down on Cyprus soil at exactly 1:30 pm local time. J
12:10 pm, Thursday:
In an unusual occurrence, major demonstrations outside Southern-Cypriot government buildings have urged the government to change its age-old policy of refusal to reunite and adopt a more compassionate and open-minded course of action.
In response to the failure of the two sides to sign a peace agreement, the representative of the Patriotic Front assassinated both the American and the Spanish ambassadors. This is somewhat ironic since Cyprus was, by far, the most intransient negotiator.
The EU troops, despite American objections and attempts to make the mission an EU mission, landed on the island. Their stated aim was to eliminate the insurgent groups in Northern Cyprus. However, their crossing of the border was considered an act of war. The Turkish Cypriot troops responded with considerable force followed by Turkish airstrikes against Cyrpus. The island plunged into civil war.