Contrary to the wild accusations of Andrew E. Manatos ["Blame the Aggressors," letters, Sept. 30], President Rauf Denktash of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus categorically denounced the planting of a bomb in a Turkish information office calculated to agitate relations with Greek Cypriots when he discovered that the culprits were Turkish Cypriots.
Mr. Manatos's equally imagined blissful harmony between the two communities is discredited by the following Feb. 17, 1964, Washington Post report during the 1963-64 campaign of Greek Cypriots to exterminate Turkish Cypriots without any prodding from the British: "Greek Cypriot fanatics seem bent on a policy of genocide." Undersecretary of State George Ball in his memoirs likewise indicts then-Greek Cypriot President Archbishop Makarios for attempting to turn Cyprus into his "private abattoir." Those gruesome months were no aberration. Communal violence had been chronic in Cyprus since 1931, cresting in 1955 and 1957 with EOKA Greek Cypriot terrorism, and in 1974, when a coup d'etat by Greek terrorists aimed to destroy the Turkish Cypriot people.
If the undisputed Greek Cypriot massacres of Turkish Cypriots bespeak ethnic fraternity, then the Kosovar Albanians had no case against Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic.
Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus