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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Wise men wanted for the Kurdish issue

“If needed, wise men, those who write and conduct research on this for years, and academics could be brought together, they could contribute to the solution of the problem, and I believe in this,” Kılıçdaroğlu said. The CHP leader's remarks came at a time when tensions are running high between the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and the government. In the latest attack on Tuesday, PKK members shelled a gendarmerie command, slightly wounding three soldiers. The PKK also kidnapped two soldiers and a health worker on Saturday night.”

"Wise men, if indeed wise, will tell you that your ideas in Cyprus, for solving problems between a majority and an ethnic minority circa 20%, are a good first start. Unless your ideas in Cyprus have been wrong for some incomprehensible reason. In which case a 180 degree turn [for the TSK as well] in Cyprus is necessary. Think about it." -Antifon

“Turkey is one of the countries that has signed the European Local Administrations Autonomy Condition, however Turkey has attached annotation for seven of its articles. We want these annotations removed. If these annotations are removed, then there would be no question of democratic autonomy for the Kurdish people, the whole issue can be solved within the unitary structure of Turkey” - Sezgin Tanrıkulu, CHP deputy leader [CHP is the center right in Turkey]
"It never ceases to surprise me that Turks can't bring themselves to admit that their solutions in Cyprus in favor of the tCypriot minority there could be contemplated for their own Kurdish problem, a problem they have been trying to solve since 1923 and which has cost unimaginable misery, unprecedented cultural oppression, hundreds of thousands of deaths, 50.000 in the last 30 years alone" - Antifon
“Not only should our Kurdish citizens, but everybody in Turkey should have the chance to learn their mother tongue at the school, if they want to. The most important thing is accepting this as a fundamental right,” “We will overcome the obstacles that lie before our Kurdish citizens to live their identity freely by establishing a pluralist and libertarian democracy” - Sezgin Tanrıkulu, CHP deputy leader
"Darn right it is. Again, Turks need be reminded that in 1959, as shapers of the constitution of the Republic of Cyprus, Turkey insisted that the Turkish language should be an official language of Cyprus, even though tCypriots constituted 18% of the Cyprus population. Why the double standards?" - Antifon

“creating a research commission for inquiry of unsolved murders.” “There should a research commission in international standards in order to enlighten the unsolved murders in Turkey,” Sezgin Tanrıkulu, CHP deputy leader - Sezgin Tanrıkulu, CHP deputy leader
"tCypriots keep reminding us of they can never trust us because of the events in the December 63-64, whereby 200 gCypriots and 400 tCypriots died in ethno-communal clashes. Thus they say, supported by 40.000 Turkish troops, we can never be reunited unless we can control our fate. Could that same principle be applied in Turkey?" - Antifon

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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.