Monday, June 22, 2015

Pseudo-federation

Bizonality is not a federation. If it was, its supporters would be able to point to at least one (of the 25 or so that exist today in the world) where the residents of a state/canton are deprived of the rights to vote and be elected. The intent of their PSEUDO-FEDERATION is obviously to create/maintain ethnic-based clean areas, where such areas never existed before in the history of Cyprus. The problem may be difficult to solve, but cementing injustice in an unprecedented racially segregated concoction is most certainly not the way. Their menacing dilemma between a pseudo-state in the occupied, ethnically cleansed north and a pseudo-federation for the whole is a PSEUDO-DILEMMA. The answer is neither. The answer is freedom. The answer is democracy.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Getting To Yes

For a win-win successful result a negotiation must be principled. How then do the United Nations hope to carry out a principled negotiation when the very basis thereof is unprincipled? Not merely unprincipled but in direct violation of a plethora of its own resolutions. Accepting bizonality as the basis for the negotiations is equivalent to legitimizing the 1974 invasion, division and ethnic cleansing of the formerly majority Christian northern Cypriot territories. Even if Christians understand bizonality vastly differently from Muslim Cypriots, why have they accepted it as a basis? Well, if your country had been invaded by a neighboring country 100 times your size, already occupying 37% of your territory & having the silent support of its even bigger allies (US/UK) to pursue such action, what would you do? It is not up to the Cypriots to denounce bizonality. The responsibility rests on the shoulders of those pulling the strings, namely the United States and the United Kingdom, who as this 2008 US cable proves, they are far from the neutral thirds in the Cyprus quagmire they wish to project to the outside world.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Cyprus, the EU and the Eastern Mediterranean by Cyprus' High Commissioner

Speech (68 minutes) by Euripides Evriviades, Cyprus' High Commissioner, at the London Academy of Diplomacy titled "Cyprus, the EU and the Eastern Mediterranean" on April 30th 2015.
The accession of Cyprus to the EU in 2004, is the single most important strategic development in the country’s turbulent history since independence in 1960. It affirmed Cyprus’s place in Europe and its importance in the security of the Eastern Mediterranean, therefore proving to be a win-win development, both for the island and for the region. Cyprus also became a member of the Eurozone in 2008 and it’s going through an economic crisis. In this lively presentation, His Excellency, the High Commissioner of Cyprus, underlines why both Cyprus and the EU are important to each other and to the long term security, development and economic prosperity not only of the Eastern Mediterranean, but of the European continent. Will the recently discovered hydrocarbons in the Eastern Mediterranean be the prolegomena of the establishment of a union analogous to the European Coal and Steel Community? Is it a blessing or a curse? And what about the unresolved Cyprus question? Where does it fit in this strategic matrix? Is it intractable or insoluble as the Economist argued? And what does a solution or non-solution mean for the people, the rule of law and peace, security and stability of Cyprus and the region?


Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-l9HfF_0s30&feature=youtu.be

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Cyprus: The Long Decline of International Law | Europe News

By Henrik R. Clausen, EuropeNews July 21 2011 - Today, July 20th 2011, marks the 37th anniversary of theTurkish invasion of Cyprus. While such acts by the invading countries are generally held to be illegal (and rightly so), Turkey has gotten away with the invasion and the ensuing occupation with remarkably few consequences. This is in great extent due to the non-application of international law and fundamental principles in the matter. Conversely, a just and lasting solution to the Cyprus problem can be found in classical international law. Matters not that hard to understand.

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Turkey's Kurds & Cyprus' tCypriots

As either unitary state or federation solutions are discussed as replacements to Cyprus' 1960 and Turkey's 1923 unworkable constitutions, should we abide by "if a right is a right too many for Turkey's Kurdish community (circa 23% of population) then that right is a right too many for Cyprus' tCypriot community too (circa 15%), and vice versa." Is the adoption of this fair logic the catalyst to securing just solutions for both UN countries.