Thursday, October 20, 2011

The mother of all questions

Having followed the Turkish press in English for the last two years or so nothing astonishes me more than the fact that no journalist addresses the obvious question in relation to their country's most urgent and difficult problem: "Why not try granting Kurds those rights we feel tCypriots must enjoy in Cyprus?".

The subject is a taboo and the journalist who dares introduce it into public discussion will be opening a Pandora's box with cataclysmic repercussions for both Turkey's role in Cyprus and its approach towards a solution of the so-called Kurdish issue, or more accurately Kurds' decades' old state terrorism issue. Both countries, RoT and RoC, are in need of a constitutional overhaul of their 1982 and 1960 charters, with the main issue being how to address the rights of their double-digit ethnic minorities.

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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.