Friday, March 4, 2011


The real thought-provoking aspect of the impending solution to Cyprus' Turkeyish problem, in essence the bridging of the diverging interests of a circa 80% majority and a 20% ethnic minority as the prerequisite to delegitimize the purported need for Turkeyish presence in Cyprus, is that it will be an inescapable reference and an extremely relevant legal precedent, as the Turkish Republic and her Kurds try to find a compromise solution to the 87-year long Kurdish (*) problem, a problem between a circa 25% ethnic minority and a circa 70% majority of Turks.

This fact alone is enough for tCypriots to fear even greater animosity in the pipeline stemming from Turkey, as immature and unjustified as it will be, originating from their "mother" country's nationalist circles, the vast majority of Turkeyish population as a result of the lack of real democracy in the country.

The Turko-Kurdo/gCypriot-tCypriot analogy is amply discussed here on my blog.

At the end of the day all constituencies [Kurds, Cypriots (t's and g's), Turks] stand to gain from the inescapable comparison. The difference being that three constituencies are ready to embrace such drastic changes in their lives, two since long ago, namely Kurds and gCypriots, and tCypriots as of recent. I cannot say the same for the Turks of Turkey. May they opt for wise compromises as opposed to adventures into the unknown which may lead to unimaginable losses. If only Turks can muster the strength and garner the wisdom to talk to Cypriots about their own problems. The Kurdish issue might be solved overnight if accumulated Cypriot wisdom in majority minority relations is exploited.

(*) It is unfair to call it the Kurdish problem as it implies the Kurds are the problem when in fact RoT state terrorism and fascism is the real culprit. It would be like calling Cyprus' Turkeyish problem the tCypriot problem!

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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.