Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The ultimate win-win for Cyprus

"The PKK has shifted its focus to urban attacks against security forces and public employees under a plan to “render the state dysfunctional and hand over the administrative authority in the region to illegal structures under its control,” Gen. Özel said in written response to questions by the NTV news channel." - Army ‘won’t let PKK to seize local power’ Hurriyet Daily News 24 October 2011

How is Kurdish self-administration different than Turkish Cypriot self-segregation in the 1960s? Will they produce similar results? More importantly, should Turkey agree to adopt a 1960-like constitution, rendering its large ethnic minority a constitutional one?
Turkey will never cede land unless she loses a war. If no "Turkish" Kurdistan comes about the only option for Turkey is to grant her 16-18m [22%-25%] ethnic Kurdish community similar rights to those she vehemently supports for the Turkish Cypriot 10% minority.

In both scenarios, that of "civil" war or rendering Kurds a constitutional minority, Cyprus wins. In the former, Cyprus will break free altogether, without the TSK [Turkish army], the settlers and a large number of nationalist Turkish Cypriots. In the latter, Turkey will be forced to water down her demands in Cyprus because anything she insists on Turkish Cypriots' behalf she will also have to give to her own Kurds!

This is the ultimate win-win for Cyprus. It is only natural as Cyprus bases her arguments on truth, reason, justice and international law.

It is also a huge win for those Kurds who see their future within the current unitary state, perhaps with a different name, such as 'Turkey-Kurdistan'.

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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.