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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Turkish Cypriot minority (18%) demands

The Turkish Cypriots run a pseudo-state recognized only by Ankara. Discussions are under way to reintegrate them into the international community under a federative structure. These are a few of their basic demands:
  • the end of the Republic of Cyprus which it undermined / abandoned
  • an autonomous zone/state on stolen Greek Christian land
  • an autonomous zone/state with guaranteed Muslim majority
  • regognition of its state against international law
  • universal veto rights for all federation decisions
  • over-representation in state apparatus upto 2.5 times its numerical size
  • full exclusive education in Turkish
  • half af all hydrocarbons / natural resources
  • automatic accession to the EU family
  • automatic prestige upgrade and participation in the international community
  • eternal presence and say by "Turkey" in Cypriot affairs
Mustafa sihtir!

Friday, July 10, 2015

Turkey's Syrian Kurdish Problem | Jerusalem Post

by Jonathan Spyer, July 4, 2015 - Syrian Kurdish forces this week succeeded in turning back a murderous and determined attempt by the forces of Islamic State to claw back control of areas of northern Syria recently liberated by the Kurds. The cost was high, nevertheless.

Recent Kurdish successes, meanwhile, have raised the specter of a Turkish armed intervention in northern Syria to crush the growing Kurdish autonomous zones along the border.

So where do things stand in the bloody war between the Kurds and the Sunni jihadists over Syria's north? And is there a realistic possibility that Erdogan might intervene?

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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.