Thursday, January 20, 2011

“We are a nation-state that is respectful of international law”

As a Cypriot and a European I kindly ask that at the very minimum my intelligence is not insulted

Davutoğlu & Barzani   
“We are a nation-state that is respectful of international law,” [13 November 2010 in TODAY'S ZAMAN] Davutoğlu said, noting that Turkey is also respectful of the territorial integrity of other states and expects the same kind of respect. There is no small or big state for us. We don’t have any intention of playing the role of ‘big brother’ for anyone, either.
Our regional perspective is a perspective aimed at integration. However, we don’t make concessions on our rights or borders as a nation-state. We are determined to live in peace with all other nation-states,”

As a Cypriot, a citizen of the Cyprus Republic which is a member of the United Nations and the European Union, with 37% of its territory under Turkish occupation, I understand Ankara's Davutoğlu perfectly. After all, he alone amongst the international family of nations says he does not recognize Cyprus. Thus, in perfect Turkish logic, how can they occupy land of or be at war with a country that does not exist? I too go around telling people with conviction that the Earth is square and static and the sun revolves around it. I get a lot of stares which leads me to the concrete conlcusion that everyone is cross-eyed!

Merkel & Christofias
It is unfortunate for Turkey that a state that does not exist is blocking its European Union bid. Go figure! Imagine the repercussions for the Turkish Republic if such a state actually existed!! Just the other day even Merkel, the German Chancellor visited the non-existent country and moreover pretended to meet its President and offer her support and admiration for his efforts to address the problem with Turkey, a problem naturally that does not exist. She went on to suggest that the occupation of Cyprus is one of the major obstacles blocking Turkey's accession to the EU. This entire imaginary visit infuriated in a very real way the entire Turkish world, including none other than the usually calm statesman Recep Tayyip Erdoğan ! Mind-boggling I tell you!

Ofcourse, Davutoğlu is only politely reminding his Kurdish interlocutor, Massoud Barzani, of his own country's territorial integrity and that he won't let happen to Turkey what Turkey did to Cyprus, having in the front of his mind some 20 million ethnic Kurds living in Turkey and demanding a whole number of things, not excluding secession!

We have a lovely Greek word to describe the foreign minister's as well as his country's stance: Hypocrisy or authentically  Υποκρισία (for the Greeks see here a joke by Lazopoulos regarding hypocrisy)!

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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.