Saturday, January 15, 2011

Erdogan in 2011 & Makarios in 1963, Turkey in 1923 and Cyprus in 1960

The Kurds should have been founding partners of Turkey just as T-Cypriots became in Cyprus. They were promised such status by Mustafa Kemal. Kemal cheated them. That is why tens of thousands of Kurds have died since 1923.
What will Erdogan do if Kurds react the same way T-Cypriots reacted in 1963? Turks and T-Cypriots best answer in their minds this question, because I am 100% sure that is where things are headed!
The fact is, as recognized by the UN, T-Cypriots opted out of the 1960 arrangement by refusing to discuss the 1963 document. Today, they need to negotiate their way back in. Unfortunately, failing to reach a compromise, we are left with the Republic of Cyprus. EVERYTHING ELSE IS AN ILLEGAL ADVENTURE OF TURKEY and a lot will depend on how well she can handle her own Kurds and her foreign policy.

The fact is Turkey is losing allies left and right [Germany, Isreal, USA] her Kurds are already pursuing identical SELF-SEGREGATION policies to those inspired ones of the T-Cypriots in the 1960s!!

Let us all, Kurds, Cypriots and Turks adopt this logic:

If a right is a right too much for the Kurds of Turkey [22+%] then a similar right is also a right too much for the Turkish Cypriots in Cyprus [10% today or 18% in 1960], and vice versa.
The comparison between Turkey's Kurdish problem and Cyprus' Turkish problem can very well be the catalyst everyone is looking for the solution to both.

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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.