Wednesday, April 11, 2012

The Solution

The solution in Cyprus is a unitary state, 1960 without its apartheid and foreign intervention aspects. The 1963 ideas would have been a solid step in the right direction, albeit timed wrongly. There has never really been a good time for common sense in Cyprus due to Turkish/British agendas. Only now have the prerequisites appeared and the conditions matured.

I had predicted that on the way to freedom and justice the few remaining Turkish Cypriots will pay the ultimate price for freedom: death. Many free tCypriots will die in the hands of fascism's representatives in Cyprus since the 50s, the staunch "Kemalists", once the latter accept the inevitability of their most prized possession, occupied Cyprus, slipping away from their grip. And guess who they will blame! I would expect circa 100 brave tCypriots to die before common sense prevails.

Turkish Cypriots need a higher level of thinking to escape their dire predicament. Their so called "divine rights", those apartheid rights in the 1960 constitution, were extorted in their name by the same people that will do anything to keep their prized loot: the occupied part of Cyprus. These people espouse an ultra-nationalistic mentality under the euphemism 'Kemalism'. Turkish Cypriots must reject this mentality altogether if they wish to preserve their existence in Cyprus. Doing so, means they must accept that apartheid clauses of 1960 have no place in EU Cyprus.

The article that prompted these words appears below (the link may expire, thus full text provided):

Island tensions ‘on the increase’ By Stefanos Evripidou Published on April 11, 2012 CYPRUS MAIL
TURKISH CYPRIOT protesters yesterday charged the breakaway regime with implementing new measures to “torment” and treat like “cattle” those who wish to cross the buffer zone as part of a wider strategy to increase tension on the island and discourage intercommunal activity.

A few dozen protestors gathered north of the Ayios Dhometios checkpoint, surrounded and outnumbered by the regime’s security forces, to demonstrate against the implementation by the Turkish Cypriot authorities of stricter measures making movement in and out of the north increasingly lengthy and difficult.

Since last Thursday, the regime has demanded all passengers crossing in a car to or from the north get out of the vehicle and present themselves and their ID before the Turkish Cypriot checkpoint, regardless of age.

Before, starting from when restrictions on freedom of movement were partially lifted on the island on April 23, 2003, the procedure followed at the Turkish Cypriot checkpoint was to allow one person from each vehicle to go get their ‘visas’ stamped for all passengers in the car.

Last week’s decision has led to long queues and huge delays at the Ayios Dhometios checkpoint, making crossing from either side to the other more cumbersome than it originally was while causing tempers to flare.

Yesterday’s protest was attended by Turkish Cypriot members of minority political parties and unions brought together under the umbrella organisation, the Trade Union Platform.

The outdoor protest was hugely outnumbered by uniformed Turkish Cypriot police who formed an imposing half square around the peaceful protestors, while an even greater number of plain-clothed security forces hovered nearby, adding to the somewhat menacing presence of the security forces. Police in civilian clothing also demanded to see identification from journalists present before the outdoor press conference started.

General secretary of the Turkish Cypriot primary teachers union (KTOS) Sener Elcil spoke on behalf of the Trade Union Platform, saying that the latest restrictions are part of a wider effort to increase tension on the island ahead of Cyprus taking over the EU Presidency.

“In our opinion, there was an incident in Pyla village last week where Greek Cypriot police arrested a Turkish Cypriot. And now, because of that, they (the Turkish Cypriot authorities) are trying to create provocations at the checkpoints,” he said.

Following the Pyla episode, Turkish Cypriot ‘prime minister’ Irsen Kucuk went to Pyla, where a tentative peace prevails under the watchful eye of the UN, threatening Turkish military intervention if such a thing should happen again. His rhetoric raised a warning flag that the relative peace in the buffer zone might be about to see a return to the more belligerent and deadly days of the 1990s.

“We know that this is an open provocation, since on July 1, the Cyprus Republic will take over the EU Presidency. You can see the atmosphere here. We are only 50 people and they are a hundred, with more civilian police behind. This is the reality of what is going on in northern Cyprus,” he said.

Asked about the heavy police presence for a small protest, Elcil said: “They are afraid. This is a new trend of taking precautions against Turkish Cypriot protestors. This is clear intimidation and we have been living under such a regime where everything is controlled by the police and army.”

With July 1 approaching, signifying not only Cyprus’ EU Presidency, but also the possible breakdown of peace talks, Elcil believes tensions “will increase day by day”.

Murat Kanatli head of New Cyprus Party (YKP) said crossing time has more than tripled since last week’s measures were put in place.

After the Pyla incident, the Turkish Cypriot authorities want to increase tension at the checkpoints and in bicommunal relations in general. “And our reaction is ‘no way’, we won’t allow you,” he said.

Kanatli said the Greek Cypriots were also to blame. Normally, when an incident arises in the mixed village of Pyla, one side will go to the mukhtar of the other community to sort things out and find ways “to softly solve the problem”.

“This time Greek Cypriot police wanted to use force, and in the buffer zone last Friday too,” he said, in reference to a raid on a group of peaceful protestors on Ledra Street.

“This is unacceptable. On both sides, police forces are simultaneously increasing the tension. Is it by accident?” he asked.

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