Thursday, May 11, 2017
Our View: Could a Cyprus candidate replicate Macron’s success?
...there are men and women in all walks of life who would stand, or vote for Cypriots, rather than the other half i call "Greeks" and "Turks". But it has boiled down to that before, hasn't it, witness Akinci's election win; for what? And our President, his first few days, who can forget?
We are "Greeks", we are "Turks", by those who have taken so much time to define those terms.
What rag is the Flag of Cyprus, to who?
Telling at this juncture that the President stands alone despite his efforts for Cyprus, against "Greeks", and as a Cypriot. Why should it matter, if for Cyprus they, these two men, even on this one issue stood together as Cypriots, the Flag of Cyprus behind them? Who does it offend, not his or their electors, only those who as an opposition have their own candidates to run. Therefore, i ask, is Mr. Akinci "Turkish"? What else, but for "Turkishness" does he speak of, has he spoken of (since elected)? And what of Universal Principals, what of the Cypriot way, a Cypriot way, taking the "Greek" and the "Turk" out of it, when his help is needed most, defending these ideals, i ask, where is Mr. Akinci?
...there is the challenge, if the "Turks" remain in control of the Agenda rendering "Greekness" its equal, if Akinci proves himself to be impotent against "them", (willingly or not), if he will not signal his commitment to Cyprus with the only other ally he has at this moment, indeed candidates who are "Cypriot" must be found, now. Without his support for Mr. Anastasiades over such a notion, Cypriots will express themselves for Cyprus just the same (and against him, for this/his next election too).
Turkish Cypriots who live in Cyprus exist, they must be found to run as Cypriots, for the Republic's Legislature. This election Cypriots will vote for them on merit, if as Cypriots they represent the qualities Cypriots support; call them "Greeks", no doubt the "Turks" and their opposition will taunt them. Their presence on the ballot, however small sends the strong signal win or not, where in the Republic, Cypriots representing Cypriots as Cypriots is possible, without the need for further distinctions and discriminations, whether there will exist Constituencies or not, especially if the same Parties breach the divide, presenting candidates the next election (in Cyprus), where being Cypriot has and will have the same meaning it always had to about half the population, despite all these years under occupation.
Indeed, there is a Flag of Cyprus. And there is no shame in standing under its shade. It is the only Flag that finds support island-wide; that is something to think about, Cypriots, as Cypriots, who dare to take back the word ENOSIS, for Cypriots, not "Greeks", not "Turks", seems a natural opposition to "it".
...no rag to me; i ask, you?