Thursday, July 10, 2014

Turkish Cypriots solving the Kurdish issue

Every proposal submitted at the negotiating table by Turkish Cypriots is heeded by northern Kurdistanis (as well as by Europeans and Americans). After all, unlike Turkish Cypriots, Kurds of "Turkey" have both a historical and ethical claim on a contiguous part of the country that was defined by the 1923 borders, and today Kurds live scattered all around the landmass for which a better name would be Turkey-North Kurdia (or Turkey-North Kurdistan).

Thank you Turkish Cypriots. You may number less than 90.000 souls strong but you will solve Kurds' century old "Turkey" problem without even realizing it. Every objective observer recognizes that a BIZONAL federal solution for bi-national "Turkey" would be natural, whereas for Cyprus it would be like a straitjacket. Cyprus's demographic 1974 map, coupled with the EU reality of RoC and Cyprus's 1858 land registry, drive the point home.

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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.