Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Reasoning with Turks

The more Turks envision an ethnically divided Cyprus, a historical absurdity, the more we should impress
upon them that an ethnically divided Ankara, an ethnically divided Constantinople (Istanbul) and an ethnically divided Smyrna (Izmir) must also be envisioned. Should they catch our drift, and instead throw their support behind a united Cyprus, then Turks must understand that political equality between Cypriots (Greeks) and the Turkish Cypriot minority must be no different than that between Turks and Kurds in "Turkey". That way Turks' understanding of political equality may become reasonable, as per our western sense of truth and logic.

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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.