Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Exclusive Kurdish Education

There was a time, not long ago, when all Cypriots spoke Greek, including the Turkish Cypriot minority.

This all changed when a "Turkey"-supported (UK too) constitution was imposed on Cypriots which stipulated exclusive education in Greek for the Greek Cypriot majority and in Turkish for the Turkish Cypriot minority.

"Turkey" today is about where Cyprus was in the 50s and 60s, with ethnic related tensions having peaked at most dangerous levels. Many fear a full-blown civil war might erupt. Steps to defuse the crisis are urgently needed.

It is therefore imperative to ask:

Would ethnic Turks support full exclusive education in Kurdish for their 20 million or so Kurdish minority community like they once insisted for the Turkish Cypriot minority of Cyprus?

Most importantly, where do ethnic-Turk leaders Erdogan & Davutoglu, and last but not least, the leader of the Turkish Cypriot minority stand on the issue?

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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.