Wednesday, December 1, 2010

What if no solution is agreed upon by March 2011?

In Nov/2010 Wikileaks revealed that a Turkish diplomat said he regretted perceived Greek Cypriot complacency regarding the island's reunification talks, observing that EU “membership makes them invulnerable”.

'Invulnerable' is perhaps too strong a word; however, it captures what some of us have been saying, and it is nice to see that Turkish diplomats acknowledge it.

No solution means realistically three things:
  • a Cyprus Republic, member of the UN & the EU, with 1/3 of its territory illegally occupied;
  • a status-quo that our Turkish friends, in the Ergenekon manner they are accustomed to adopt, thinking that the pseudo-state will one day be recognized, which ofcourse is 100% wishful thinking if viewed from an objective lense;
  • a UN which cannot but recognize that in Cyprus there is only one legal entity & Turkey is in violation of numerous of UN's own resolutions;
At the end of the day noone denies that in Cyprus there are essentially two problems:

  • an intercommunal conflict, much like the Kurdo-Turkish one brewing for the last several decades in Turkey;

  • an illegal invasion/occupation/ethnic cleansing by Turkey against Cyprus;
As these facts will remain on the ground in Cyprus as problem will slowly begin to unveil the hypocrisy of the Turkish establishments: the Kurdish issue. In essence, the Kurdish issue enjoys striking similarities with Cyprus' Turkish Cypriot problem. The Kurdish ethnic minority of Turkey, a whopping 22+% of Turkey's population [16-18 million], has been denied 90% of the rights that Turkey insists Cyprus must grant its 10% T/C minority!

Just the other day a leading Kurdish politician was saying:

"Kurdish people do not want to be ruled by others [Turks] anymore; they want self-governance. (Vatan, 29-11-2010)

"Now the whole world knows the Kurds are resurrecting and fighting for their freedom. Policies of destruction and denial did not work." (Vatan, 29-11-2010)

Who can disagree with:
  • the T/C problem is an internal matter of the Cyprus Republic, much like the Kurdish issue is one of the Turkish Republic; it is about time Cyprus demands the UN tackle the international aspect of the problem caused by Turkey's illegal presence;
  • G/Cypriots must press for the international community to acknowledge the despicable crimes against Cypriots by Turkey, the continued violations and injustice.
Cypriot towns of Lapithos, Morphou, Ammochostos & Keryneia which, throughout history have been of 100% Greek character & only since the 17th century acquired circa 10-15% Turkish minorities, cannot be allowed to be lost in a matter of three or four decades because of ill-placed fascist thinking originationg from Ergenekon circles in Turkey. At the very least, it is the responsibillty all well-intentioned Cypriots to try their utmost not to let it happen.

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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.