Wednesday, May 30, 2012

'Never Never Land' to be renamed to 'Land of Oz' on July 1st 2012

I thought of these words by Claire Berlinski when I read that Turks are changing "TRNC"'s name to "TRC" in hopes of rendering it legal:      

"[Turks] see “truth” as something plastic, connected more to emotions than to facts or logic. If it feels true, it is true. ... The utter irrationality of Turks—and the utter uselessness, for them, of our Western notions of truth and logic—are points Americans won’t grasp unless they’ve lived here quite some time—and even then they won’t grasp them, because they make no sense." - Claire Berlinski  Smile and Smile: Turkey's Feel-Good Foreign Policy  | WORLD AFFAIRS JOURNAL July-August 2010

Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus to be Renamed
By Stella Tsolakidou on May 29, 2012

The Cabinet of Ministers of the "Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus" has decided to rename the state to "Turkish Republic of Cyprus", according to a report by the Turkish-Cypriot daily Havadis. The decision was issued on May 23, and is followed by the pending issuance of new biometric passports that will allow "TRNC" to comply with the International Civil Aviation Organization standards.

According to an extensive report by Alitheia online, the Turkish-Cypriot newspaper published the ministerial decision in view of the upcoming Greek-Cypriot presidency in the EU from July 1. If the Cyprus Issue is not resolved by July 1, that is, before the presidency of the Republic of Cyprus in the EU, then "TRNC" will be renamed.

The ministerial decision aims at neutralizing the current UN Security Council Resolution, which underlines that the international community cannot recognize "TRNC" as an official state. The Turkish-Cypriot citizens will be identified as “Cypriot Turks” in their new passports, something which [they hope] to allow them to travel more easily in different European and Islamic countries, such as Pakistan.

The name “Turkish Republic of Cyprus” was used in the fifth Annan plan to describe northern Cyprus. With this name, the Turkish side [hopes] will also have the chance of becoming an observer in the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

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