You are demanding we get rid of our rights to be partners in our own country we can never give up that right and never will. You want to dominate us and force us into becoming a minority in a GC state, this we will never accept. You want to take away the north, this we will never give up."
"It's a beautiful island which we all love but the north means more to me than the south, I don't know the south nor do I recall it and as time passes it matters less and less to the younger generations.
Antifon [a gCypriot] | posted on Feb 06, 2011 10:40 am
Viewpoint, I am demanding nothing! I am asking.
I am asking you to realize that the so called 'north' and 'south' are nothing more than the result of a huge crime.
I am asking you to realize that what you may have in mind may be worse than what I am proposing to you. Why? For starters, you will preserve your community status. You will preserve your language. You will reserve equal rights as citizens of the Republic of Cyprus, with total respect of your community and human rights. All these are 10-fold the rights that Kurds enjoy inside Turkey for example. You will preserve the veto right as a community, in essence a 50% say, in decisions that should include areas of security, but should not include RoC budgets, or other areas non-community specific. You will immediately assume your position in the Cyprus and EU parliaments. You will progressively assume (a project of reuniting services will be set up) your positions in all areas of the state. You will immediately become citizens of a working, respected, successful UN and EU member state.
I am asking you to realize that sitting around a table to discuss a reality, a legal reality, is far easier than stubbornly holding on to an illegal dream out of which you will sooner or later wake out of.
I am asking you to realize that agreeing to discuss and negotiate does not mean you have to lose. It is up to tCypriot wisdom to give without compromising the security and wellbeing of the community whereas contributing to making the constitution fairer where it was grossly unfair.
I am asking you to define your own future in a way that unites Cyprus. To throw out separatist logic, just as gCypriots, the vast majority of us, have thrown out our 'enosis' logic long ago.
And I promise you this. If tCypriots were to express their mere desire to sit around a table to discuss a truly united Cyprus which respects the rights of all its citizens and promises to undo injustices of the past, in a spirit that recognizes the foreign logic of aspects of 1960, the mere declaration thereof, that will be enough to bring hundreds of thousands of gCypriots out in the streets in support of a reunited Cyprus.