But what (part of the tweet) could have prompted Mr Eide to both like and retweet? My tweet contained three messages.
- Firstly, an acknowledgment that people tasked to carry the Cyprus negotiations are in general good people and competent diplomats.
- Secondly, my long-held belief that the bizonal framework is like a Sisyphean tragedy. In other words, bizonality guarantees that a solution can never be found.
- Thirdly, paraphrasing the French 'cherchez la femme' phrase, meaning 'no matter what the problem may be, there is a woman at the root', my 'chercez le Brit' points to the elephant in the negotiations, the British. The British caused the problem, the British maintain it, the British forced 1960 apartheid on the Cypriots in 1960, the British devised bizonality to add geographic segregation on top, the British (and their American overlords of course) have every reason to preserve the stalemate and afford the Muslim minority a veto right. If democracy were ever to be allowed in Cyprus, then one of the first decisions of the Cypriots would be to throw out the "sovereign" military bases. And they can't have that, can they now?