Sunday, December 4, 2011


Caroline's catch 22 statement is of course correct. We are indeed in a situation in which the desired outcome is impossible to attain because of a set of inherently illogical rules or conditions. I consider 1960, 1974, 77&79 (the BBF basis) and Turkey's illegal TSK & settler presence all integral parts that maintain our catch-22 predicament. This is why the problem definition needs to be revisited. The quest for freedom, justice and democracy in Cyprus did not start in 1960 as tCs are keen, either naively or hypocritically, to remind us & some gCs too smart for their own sake to agree. 1960 was the seed of the catch-22, the mother of all illogical conditions. 1960 must be fixed.

Makarios' wisdom will haunt us until the gC collective wisdom can rise above petty differences & manage to see through the layers of hypocrisy and indifference by non-Cypriot powers with regards to authentic Cypriot interests. gCs owe the future generations to acknowledge the wisdom of the spirit (and the letter to a large extend) of Makarios' 1963 ideas & pursue their upgrade to 2011 & in line with the EU acquis and generally accepted democratic principles of the western world. In doing so the aim is to carry the majority Cypriot will, not that of any minority group. 

And as the major problem against such initiative shall be Turkey, we must be ready to remind Turkey of her huge shortcomings vis-a-vis her own ethnic minority. Because, quite simply, if Turkey supports that granting equal community status to a double digit ethnic minority is the only way out of bloodshed, then what's keeping her from applying her own recipe at home?

Caroline Dudgeon's comment is listed below and can be found on this Facebook thread:
"I am sure if it was down to just Greek and Turkish Cypriots an agreement could be reached, not easy though as from what I read on these pages they fail to grasp their minority population, although the one man one vote system with NO special concessions for minorities would seem the fairest solution. Cyprus has the Turkey problem too, the illegal settlers and the Turkish army. If the rest of the world would acknowledge and ACT on the injustices and force the occupying forces out of Cyprus there would be a starting point. Turkey is not, however going to pull out that easily and certainly not before some sort of settlement. Catch 22 situation I am afraid."

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