Sunday, November 20, 2011

8th International Conference on "EU, Turkey and the Kurds"

PLEASE, ALL CYPRIOTS WHO CARE ENOUGH, send this to all politicians you know and demand that they ensure Cyprus' (Rep. of) presence at the '7–8/12/2011, 8th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON EU, TURKEY AND THE KURDS' event. We must ask Turkey a few simple questions for the world to hear, not for the hypocrites to heed:

  • Q1: While Turkey expects international support for its Cyprus solution, based on a bizonal, bicommunal federation with political equality between the two communities, it argues the precise opposite for its own Kurdish citizens. WHY?
  • Q2: While many Kurds are ready to remain within a unitary Turkish state so long as they can have full cultural rights, for most Turks the idea of Turkish Cypriots accepting simply minority status in a Greek-Cypriot dominated Republic of Cyprus is anathema. WHY?
The Quest for Democracy in Turkey - Universal Rights and Kurdish Self-Determination and the Struggles over the New Constitution
European Parliament, Brussels 7th & 8th December, 2011 - ASP 1G2
Interpretation available in English, Turkish, French, German, Dutch, Italian, Danish, Spanish
  1. Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, South Africa
  2. Dr. Shirin Ebadi, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Iran
  3. Bianca Jagger, Council of Europe Goodwill Ambassador, Chair of the Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation, UK
  4. Professor Noam Chomsky, Writer, USA
  5. Yasar Kemal, Writer, Turkey
  6. Vedat Turkali, Writer, Turkey
  7. Leyla Zana, European Parliament's Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, Rafto Prize Laureate, Turkey
Find the conference program here.

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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.