Wednesday, June 6, 2012


Both Republics, Turkey (RoT) and Cyprus (RoC) are in need for a constitutional overhaul, Aristotle's very definition of a 'revolution'. Both Republics are unitary states struggling with properly addressing the rights of their largest ethnic minority community. Both ethnic minorities constitute circa 20% of the respective populations. Both suffered, and in the case of Turkey still suffer, at the hands of the majority. In both, Turkey has the power to enforce/influence a solution. It seems to me these two problems should be studied in unison. No?

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Turkey's Kurds & Cyprus' tCypriots

As either unitary state or federation solutions are discussed as replacements to Cyprus' 1960 and Turkey's 1923 unworkable constitutions, should we abide by "if a right is a right too many for Turkey's Kurdish community (circa 23% of population) then that right is a right too many for Cyprus' tCypriot community too (circa 15%), and vice versa." Is the adoption of this fair logic the catalyst to securing just solutions for both UN countries.