LETTERS ON CYPRUS
I am absolutely humbled by an action of a great and dignified man, worthy of having as a president of this troubled island of ours; and that is Mr Polys Polyviou. Indeed he is a true citizen of the state.
Without demands or expectations, he has handed over his entire government fee received for his Mari report in the amount of 221,000 euros, to the 13 families left bereaved by the tragedy.
Divided up, this amounts to 17,000 euros per family.
How can any sensible citizen not be touched by such a gesture filled with dignity? His action has shown that there is a silent majority with a conscience and feelings for their fellow human beings, but who also, above all else, have a genuine love for this place – without becoming sheep of the various political parties that have ruined our country.
Polyviou’s report has exposed the deeply self-serving culture of our petty politicians and the cancerous human vice of corruption, nepotism, cronyism and non-transparency that reigns supreme in a government (past and present) obsessed with secrecy and control.
I truly believe that Mr Polyviou, a dignified and a worthy man, should stand as an independent candidate in the next presidential elections, so that we may start to come out of the dirty mud the political parties and their petty politicians have sunk the country into.
If Mr Polyviou would consider taking on such a Herculean task, I – and I am sure many concerned citizens like me – will certainly call for “Polyviou for president” at the next elections.
Andreas C Chrysafis,
Author of the Vanishing Cyprus series, Paphos
Letter taken from the Cyprus-Mail.com online newspaper.