Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Getting To Yes

For a win-win successful result a negotiation must be principled. How then do the United Nations hope to carry out a principled negotiation when the very basis thereof is unprincipled? Not merely unprincipled but in direct violation of a plethora of its own resolutions. Accepting bizonality as the basis for the negotiations is equivalent to legitimizing the 1974 invasion, division and ethnic cleansing of the formerly majority Christian northern Cypriot territories. Even if Christians understand bizonality vastly differently from Muslim Cypriots, why have they accepted it as a basis? Well, if your country had been invaded by a neighboring country 100 times your size, already occupying 37% of your territory & having the silent support of its even bigger allies (US/UK) to pursue such action, what would you do? It is not up to the Cypriots to denounce bizonality. The responsibility rests on the shoulders of those pulling the strings, namely the United States and the United Kingdom, who as this 2008 US cable proves, they are far from the neutral thirds in the Cyprus quagmire they wish to project to the outside world.

Getting to YES: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In is a best-selling 1981 non-fiction book by Roger Fisher and William L. Ury.

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