Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The defining moment for Cyprus is here. Will anyone speak?

“A constitution that cannot solve the Kurdish issue in Turkey cannot be a new constitution. We are not here to start trouble. We want a solution, but no one should expect us to turn a blind eye to our most fundamental problems,” BDP co-chair Gültan Kışanak said yesterday.

The cross-party parliamentary commission tasked with drafting a new constitution for Turkey presents a unique opportunity for Cypriots to raise the similarities between the rights of the tCypriot minority community of Cyprus and those of Turkey's Kurds. The comparison will unveil the grandeur of the hypocrisy in the thinking of Turkey in Cyprus in the eyes of the international community. The west is ready to listen. Are we bright enough to recognize the defining moment and speak up?

Turkish charter panel convenes as cracks emerge October 18, 2011 Göksel Bozkurt ANKARA – Hürriyet Daily News

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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.