Sunday, September 27, 2015

Apartheid and Bizonality

Apartheid, an Afrikaans word meaning "the state of being apart" (literally "apart-hood"), was a system of racial segregation in South Africa enforced through legislation by the National Party (NP), the governing party from 1948 to 1994.

Bizonality, a British word meaning "the state of being apart" (literally "two zones"), was a proposed system of ethnoreligious segregation in Cyprus which remained on the negotiating table for four decades aiming to safeguard the colonial privilege of the UK's military bases. It was initially rejected en masse by the Cypriot people in 2004 and eliminated in an even more spectacular way in 2016.

Cypriots chose instead to upgrade their 1960 constitution by removing all apartheid clauses which had masterfully been pre-planted in order to safeguard the preservation of the bases by creating and maintaining ethnic conflict between the Christian majority and the Muslim minority of Cyprus.

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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.