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Cyprus Internet Directory [ The ‘Cyprus Mentality’ failed a grieving family ]

The ‘Cyprus Mentality’ failed a grieving family

Sir,

I cannot say that I am surprised at the plight of the relatives of the Stephanou family, (‘how did my father die?’ Sunday Mail, October 26). To the family this was not a diplomat doing his job, but a father, brother or relative. To think that a prominent Greek Cypriot diplomat could be killed in the north of Cyprus can only suggest collusion, corruption and a cover up.

I hope that the family seek justice, and if it cannot be brought by the Greek Cypriot authorities, then the case must go to the court of human rights. It is an utter disgrace on the appropriate authorities in the south and incompetence not to even inform the relatives on the date of the inquest. This is gross misconduct and shameful.

Why am I not surprised, because only a few pages later is the story on human trafficking. Of course cabaret owners protested after ending the Artiste Visa: not in the interests of the girls themselves, but because they are now out of pocket.

What utter poppycock for them to state that the girls are not forced into having sex. A good friend of mine used to tell me stories of what went on opposite his house and he eventually could tell who the pimps were. Taxis arrived in the early hours of the morning with a new bunch of females every few months; he said one looked about 15 when he saw her in the daylight.

Did the police know about it? If they did then the question has to be asked, why have they done nothing about it for years? One thing is for sure and may have been overlooked is that Immigration Officers certainly knew who everyone was/is!

Ask any Brit who has had to suffer the bad manners and disorganisation of the office in Limassol about how a pimp would arrive with one or two girls, make a phone call on his mobile and the next thing you knew an immigration officer would come out and take them into a room – leaving 10 or so minutes later, whilst you still sit there for two hours or more. Of course they were only renewing their Artiste Visa, probably about as true as the pope is thinking of converting to the Church of the Latter day Saints.

Cyprus is corrupt (31st in the world), whether one likes it or not, it is time though to wake up and smell the frappe.

My personal experience of dealing with Limassol Municipality for over four years is that of it being biased, ineffective, and slack and most of the staff deserve either disciplinary action or – even better – the sack.

Is what we are now seeing just the start of things to come?  The more the “back handers” or “my friend/family” attitude turning a blind eye to the law and assisting in twisting the regulations to help the friend/relative at the cost of the other parties involved.  Will it cost Cyprus in the long run now with the economic crisis in attracting less international business? 

Cyprus has an amazing skilled workforce with outstanding language abilities; it can excel in attracting the international community due to its strategic position. Its lack of discipline and responsibility within its governmental departments will do the opposite and waste its resources, high level of education and efforts, if the ‘Cyprus Mentality’ continues.

People are paid to do their job, even in government offices and not twist and distort the regulations, hide the facts and or deceive a grieving family by not helping them find the answers that will trouble them for the rest of their lives.

Paul Thomas,
Limassol


(Source: Cyprus Mail)
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