Wednesday, May 8, 2013

My referendum

The solution in Cyprus can only be a unitary state, without geographical division based on race, without 1960's apartheid (rule of the minority over the majority, and separation based on race), without foreign intervention rights and either "Turkey" 's or Britain's colonial logic. In essence, fixing the 1960 constitution is the only way out. Not replacing it.

Anything less will lead to more trouble and suffering because it will be yet another criminal attempt to compromise/undermine universal principles. In 1960 we tried that. Then something interesting happened. Cypriots realised the injustice agreed upon by its leaders was simply too much. And they, with lots of outside "help", made things much worse, although they meant well and they had justice and universal principles on their side. The same will inevitably happen if the solution to Cyprus's Turko-British-Turkish Cypriot conundrum is NOT free of compromise against universal values, the kind of compromise that aims to satisfy foreign interests or illogical demands by any minority group.

How do we know if the rights for the minority community are just? If they are rights that Turks would not mind granting Kurds then we will know they are just. Recall that Kurds' and Cypriots' main problem is common: the Turkish state! A state that in one case sides with the minority (Cyprus) and in the other ("Turkey") with the majority. In both cases using military force to achieve its objectives.

We Cypriots must break the cycle.We need to be proactive.

The referendum's question should be which of the two you feel is best suited for Cyprus:

1. UNITARY STATE, devoid of apartheid, geographical division and foreign intervention rights
    - or -
2. BBF (bi-zonal bi-communal federation) as currently discussed

I personally predict a 92% in favor of the unitary state option.
Stay tuned.

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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.