Sunday, December 18, 2016

Embracing the second Cypriot republic


...for Cyprus, "interested parties" can stand with Cyprus, for Cyprus.

While Turkey will seek to isolate Cypriot interests, by identifying them as, "Greek", Erdogan will be seeking more as his tribute, than Cyprus, one way or the other, from the EU; this is what is likely.

Indeed, while there are two significant Constituencies in Cyprus, (and it has been divided as such,) Cyprus is an ethnos, it is something more, it is not "Turkish", and not "not Turkish", it is neither "Greek", and not "Greek". In effect, politically speaking, Cyprus is a template for Turkey's own Constitutional reform, because the Cyprus Problem is Turkey's problem, it is Turkey's National issue; a Cyprus united is a Turkey united, for the same reasons that a Cyprus divided is a Turkey divided.

A BBF in Turkey is not anathema to Erdogan's designs for a "new Turkey", if beyond the State, and the Individuals it counts as Citizens, as Turks, Individuals may decide to nurture one of a set of distinct identities, a set of Turkish Constituencies, by residing in such a Jurisdictional territory, as Persons, (an equal, a voter; a part of, a "majority" and a "minority") within such an electorate.

...but I am expecting something quite different from Erdogan, something more than what the world has witnessed of him as a Statesman already, especially if there is a big audience that will spur him on in Geneva, not just Greece and Britain, if along with the EU, friends, of Cyprus, like Egypt, Israel, Kuwait, Jordan, America, Russia, China, Italy, Germany and France, are there, he will have a choice, that instead of being the "but one", by joining with them for Cyprus, he may have everything he wishes, with this change of intentions. By shaking President Anastasiades' hand, as the President of the Republic of Cyprus, he secures an ally (Turkey's equal as an adversary over fifty years). He secures the esteem of all the "interested parties" there. By recognising Cyprus, he can say, "one Cyprus, one Turkey". He will gain as much esteem domestically, as he will internationally, if this hope can be carried to the ethnos Turkey can no longer deny it is, without itself being torn in two (or three, or more).

Geneva is bigger than Cyprus, as is the Problem. It will be for Akinci to take the crucial step, to be a Cypriot, to stand for the electorate who voted for him, or in tearing it in two, serve the interests of those who voted against him. And it may be that for Peace as such, in Cyprus and in his own country Erdogan may make History accepting such a Modern notion, a BBF, which has made great countries, Canada and the USA for example, with good intentions, and in so doing creating his own Legacy, as a Citizen of the World, that the same notion for his country may also spread through out the Eastern Mediterranean, where countries like Syria, and Iraq, struggle with the same issue of identities, in effect their People being Bicommunal themselves, a life as Individuals, living as Persons as well.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Religious leaders unite in missing call

. some point Cypriots will realise that those who were murdered, and made to disappear, died as Cypriots, for their Cyprus, for being Cypriots, not "Greeks", not "Turks", by "Greeks", and "Turks".
In all this misery, over all this time, on a tiny island where there are few; Cypriots exist, (still).
...something to think about, the way, and a Cypriot way.

Friday, December 09, 2016

Erdogan to attend Geneva talks with ‘constructive stance’ (Update)


Erdogan has the opportunity to demonstrate the flexibility he will need to unify his people, under one Turkey. They, this electorate like the rest of the world, can expect no less from him. It is their National issue, his National issue, and the world's Problem so long as it remains unsolved.

A Cyprus divided, is a Turkey divided. one more than Erdogan himself knows this, I imagine.

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Praise and outrage after talks resumption decision


...they are "servant-slaves", "parasites", just like Erdogan says. I pity the Cypriots of Turkish origin in Cyprus, unheard and living under the threat of those who may deem them not "Turkish" enough. The rest are satisfied it seems to be the subject of occupation, having sacrificed their Freedom for the Security their "Turkishness" offers; now not even the water, nor the electrical power, are their own.

...what is Akinci to do, it seems; a brown envelope is better than nothing.
(I have not seen one photo where Mr. Akinci stands beside the Flag of Cyprus)
(I remember the angry phone call on his election night)
(Not invited to the wedding yet, as "President", he went, where/when Erdogan called)

Will he show backbone and represent the electorate who voted for him?

...I have no doubt that the men sitting at this negotiation table can strike the deal called "perfect", the Cyprus Problem needs. I suggest as Nation builders they turn their eyes to Turkey, who needs just such a template for themselves. I suggest that what is good for Turkey, in effect is good for Cyprus.

Cyprus needs Statesman, not "Greeks", not "Turks". Cypriots need Leadership committed to Universal Principals, above all committed to Humanity, as Cypriots; not "Turks", not "Greeks". Cypriots voted for these men, Mr. Anastasiades, and Mr. Akinci, not as a "Greek", not as a "Turk".

...a Cyprus, like, a Turkey, is not hard to imagine. Cyprus is not "Greek", Turkey is not "Turkish".

Where there may be Cypriot Constituencies, one may find among them extremes. Such diversity may express a vital, and democratic, environment that Cypriots nurture. A "Greek" place, or a "Turkish" place, a "Maronite", "Latin", or "Armenian" place, may exist as Cypriot Constituencies, but, if they do exist it is because as Cypriots, as Individuals, Cypriots choose to find within these distinct identities, an identity for themselves, as Persons, as well. (this is, Bicommunal, if geographic, territorially Bizonal) is not hard to understand the benefits of a BBF. Just look at Canada, or the USA, to consider two that are successful. Intentions count.

One Flag in Cyprus, One Flag in Turkey; is that hard to understand?