Inside Story - 'Last chance' to reunite divided Cyprus - playithub.com
Published: 6 days ago By: Al Jazeera English
By: Al Jazeera EnglishPublished: 6 days ago
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The small Mediterranean island of Cyprus is home to the longest serving peacekeeping mission in United Nations history.
There was conflict within years of it becoming independent from the UK in 1960.
After a Greece-backed coup aimed at merging Cyprus with Greece, Turkish troops occupied the northern side in 1974.
The island was effectively partitioned.
But it retains peaceful streets and flourishing tourism industries.
Presenter: Laura Kyle
Andreas Theophanous - Formerly an adviser to the president of Cyprus in the 1990s.
Muzaffer Senel - Lecturer at Istanbul Sehir University
Hubert Faustmann - Professor of History and Political Science at the University of Nicosia
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In this day and age, I strongly doubt Greek Cypriots would start pogroms on Cypriot Turks (fully being aware what happened the last time with the approval of the US State Department. I'm talking to you Henry Kissinger).
The Greek Cypriot is right, any peaceful harmonization between the two communities needs to be a slow, methodical and progressive process (without outside interference) and not rushed just because Nuland and foreign gas companies want it this way. That's right, it's all about the Oil and Gas, stupid!
Why would, after so many years, both parties sit around the table to unify two groups of people that are distinctly, culturally, religiously very different? If it isn't for the Leviathan Gas Field in the area, under the exclusive ownership of .....
I cannot see a federation of two very different people co-exist: one culture that lives and functions based on Judeo-Christian Western Values with a sense of stability perceived by the world and the other under the Caliphate of a power hungry Megalomaniac and his repressive regime that emanates a sense of instability, which is perceived this way by the world.
Turkish Cypriots are isolated because of successive Turkish Regimes that had/have and will have control over them. It doesn't seem they have much say about their own future and it's probably worse now then before with the presence of Turkish migrants.
Just for example, would a rotating presidency, benefit Cypriots or Turkey should a Turkish Cypriot take the helm? Most Cypri-Greeks believe that he/she won't be making decisions to benefit Cyprus and hence, their fears are justifiable. The same goes with a foreign yet hostile army on the Island; how could a Greek Cypriot President imposed the constitution of its country on the Turkish Occupying Army if political strife radiates over a delicate situation? No matter how well the intentions are, sooner or later, the same events of 1963 will regenerate.
It simply cannot work unless the 30,000 strong Turkish army along with the 10 reps of the Greek Armed forces leave the island...and give Turks Minority status with all constitutional rights. I believe that goes with what Europeans (and not those unelected officials in Brussels) would like to see in the region.
What the "powers that be" will decide is a NATO force to police the island comprising of many European members including Turks, Canadians and Australians, etc. in lieu of the Turkish Occupying Forces. That's the only plausible solution I can see that would satisfy, albeit grudgingly, both parties.
My 2 cents...
Muslim and Christian Cypriots lived in peace for centuries it was only when the British, Greeks and Turkey came along and disturbed the peace on the Island.
It was all politics and nothing more.
Turkish and greek cypriots do not exist. You are either Cypriot or Greek or Turkish, no such thing as Turkish-Cypriot or Greek-Cypriot. The only reason for this being like this is because of Britain and Turkeys intervention. 60 years ago everyone lived in peace.
The solution is to remove the ideology of Turkish-cypriot and Greek-cypriot and just accept all Cypriots as Cypriots no defining or dividing language and allow Muslims and Christians to practice their faith in peace. Cyprus does not implicate Sharia law and never will.
Greeks need to get the entire island and give minority status to Turks living in it.
I am a Croatian.