|The Pendadaktylos Mountain in Keryneia, a "zone" with |
millenniums of uninterrupted Christian and/or Greek history
Furthermore, the precedent would be disastrous. What next? Muslims in Birmingham seeking their own zone? Kurds in Istanbul (a city 20 times the size of Cyprus)? I fail to see the logic behind rendering a monstrosity part of international law because of an unfortunate historical alliance between Kemalist fascism and the Anglo-Saxon world.
Makarios was right in 1963. A minority cannot demand privileges of the kind Turkish Cypriots demand. No European in their right mind would accept them for their minority. Neither will Cypriots.
Makarios as a matter of fact did not go far enough. The solution must be an upgraded 1960, a Republic of Cyprus without zones, that removes all apartheid clauses & special privileges for a minority that today barely numbers 12% of Cyprus' population. And Turkish Cypriots must learn Greek, just as every minority everywhere does, ie being obligated to learn the language of the majority. In Cyprus the majority is not merely in numbers, but above all in historical continuity and cultural footprint. The Greek language and the Christian ethos is part of what makes Turkish Cypriots Cypriots. Most Turkish Cypriots know that deep down.
If one wishes to confirm Turkish and Turkish Cypriot hypocrisy all she needs to do is ask them: "Out of curiosity, do you support political equality between Turks and Kurds, as well as full exclusive education in Kurdish for Kurds?" The answer at best will be a "kind" refusal. The Turkish mind is so warped by nationalistic propaganda that they cannot even bring themselves to acknowledge the possibility of Turko-Kurdish equality of the kind they demand in Cyprus.
Source: comment on Cyprus Mail 21 Feb 2016