Friday, April 12, 2013

One for the Kurd, one for the Turkish Cypriot!

Nicos Anastassiades, President of Cyprus, must inform his Turkish counterpart, either directly or indirectly
via a public statement preferably in front of a European audience, that Cyprus is following closely his efforts to address his 25% minority community's demands. He should also suggest that the Cypriot experience can offer vast quantities of food for thought.

In any case, he must clarify that Cyprus willing to follow the Turkish lead in addressing our own Turkish Cypriot minority's demands, a minority which fosters a rather obscene definition of political equality. Anastassiades should inquire from Erdogan whether he could envision a political equality today between Turks and Kurds of "Turkey" like the kind "Turkey" has been supporting since the 1950s for Cyprus. If not, why not? Is it because Kurds have suffered less? Or because Kurds actually do have legitimate claims, ethical as well as historical, on a contiguous part "Turkey", unlike Turkish Cypriots who sit on land in effect stolen on their behalf?

Try it Mr President. You will be surprised with the impressive results of carrying out politics the Turkish way. No need to thank me either.

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