I hope you address the following questions at your conference:
8th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON "EU, TURKEY AND THE KURDS"
- Q1 - While Turkey expects international support for its Cyprus solution, based on a bi-zonal, bi-communal 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?
- Q3 - If armed conflict, supported and financed by Turkey in the 50s, led to apartheid-type community rights of Turkish Cypriots, which Turkey has been abusing since to advance her separatist designs on Cyprus, why is armed conflict to be ruled out completely as a justified means by Kurds to pressure the state to grant them rights that otherwise the ethnic Turkish establishment will never give?
- Q4 - 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 the Turkish Cypriots must enjoy in Cyprus?" Is it not impressive?
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Any discussion about the rights of 16-18 million ethnic Kurds of Turkey that does not entail the level of rights Turkey supports for less than 100.000 Turkish Cypriots in EU Cyprus is lacking in effectiveness.