Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Democratic enough?

Let's say several of us Cypriots (gCs, tCs,aCs, mCs, lCs *), residents of Cyprus and friends of Cyprus come up with a constitution based on a unitary state and away from the BBF (federation) basis.

We do our best to make it EU acquis compatible and fair for the small and large ethnic minority communities of Cyprus. We even seek the advice and blessings of the Council of Europe. We also address the sensitive and gradual undoing to the maximum extend possible of the damage done in 1974 and the ensuing division/ occupation/ethnic cleansing/ demographic alteration.

Let us further say we hold a referendum whereby the entire legal Cypriot electorate is asked to approve the most fundamental tenets of such constitution with a simple 'yes' or 'no'. 

The referendum carries a 92% 'yes' vote of approval.

Would we then be morally and legally justified to demand the immediate removal of Turkey from Cyprus & the adoption of such constitution? 

What sort of democracy would we be advocating, if in such a democracy 75% of the popular will cannot be respected?

Note that a 92% of none-tC Cypriots alone is more than 75% of TOTAL Cypriot vote, even if we are super gracious and assume tCs make up 18% of Cypriot population as in 1960. The sad fact is, proof in itself of the irony and hypocrisy in Turkey's Cyprus meddling, tCs' population is closer to 10% of total legal Cypriot population.
Ps. g, t, m, a & l refer to Cypriots of Greek, Turkish, Maronite, Armenian and Latin heritage.

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