Greek Political Establishment Conspires To Topple Greek Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos
Conspiracy now: the fall of Papadopoulos
From Athens in order to not get reelected President
An article in the Athenian press claims that the leaders of the effort are
K. Mitsotakis, Dora Bakoyanni, Kostis Stephanopoulos, Kostas Simitis and Yiorgos Papandreou, who tried to get the President of Greece involved.
Two Athenian newspapers, Kathimerini and Paron, are reporting on efforts from Athens to subvert Tassos Papadopoulos because of his positions on the issue of Cyprus and the European Union negotiations with Turkey. According to the two newspapers, matters get really complicated and the issue assumes huge importance because the masterminds of the subversion operation are in the center of the Greek government.
The newspaper Paron names as the masterminds the following: Konstantinos Mitsotakis (former prime minister and honorary president of Nea Demokratia party), his daughter Dora Bakoyanni (foreign minister), Kostis Stephanopoulos (former president of Greece), Kostas Simitis (former prime minister), and Yiorgos Papandreou (president of Pasok). According to the
newspaper Paron, these figures tried to convince the President of Greece Karolos Papoulias to mediate in order to convince Dimitris Christofias to withdraw AKEL's support for Tassos Papadopoulos and to support a different candidate along with DE.SY. for the presidency of the Republic of Cyprus. Kathimerini does not name names, however gives a snap-shot of Mitsotakis and states that Papadopoulos knows who the subverters are.
The report of the newspaper Paron yesterday included the following:
During the recent meeting between K. Papoulias and K. Mitsotakis, the former prime minister tried to convince the President to participate in an operation to subvert Tassos, whom he characterized as an obstacle to options that will get us out of the deadlock in the Cyprus issue.
Specifically, he asked him to mediate in order to convince Christofias to withdraw his support from Tassos Papadopoulos and instead to support along with DE.SY. a different candidate in the coming elections. Stephanopoulos, Dora, Simitis, Yiorgos, Souflias and others are involved in this effort and have been trying to arrange the Papoulias-Mitsotakis meeting for a monthÂ.
Paron also discusses the barrage of press articles and commentary against Tassos Papadopoulos by mass media and journalists in Athens and states that two journalists of a specific radio station in Athens have been hired for this purpose by Dora Bakoyanni. The newspaper Paron reports that Bakoyanni plays along with the Yes block and that certain dangerous views arising
from Athens are found in many Cypriot newspapers.