Saturday, March 11, 2017

International Justice: The Case of Cyprus - HUFFINGTON POST

Turkish troops invading Cyprus in the summer of 1974
By Constantine Tzanos

On May 22, 2016, the Greek Cypriots in the independent south of Cyprus will go to the polls, with the issue of the reunification of the island heavily weighing on their minds. Northern Cyprus remains under Turkish occupation since 1974.

The preamble of the United Nations (UN) Charter states: “to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war... to establish conditions under which justice and respect for the obligations arising from treaties and other sources of international law... our respective Governments... have agreed to the present Charter of the United Nations (UN).” The purpose of the UN, as expressed in its Charter is: “To maintain international peace and security, and to that end: to take effective collective measures for the prevention and removal of threats to the peace, and for the suppression of acts of aggression or other breaches of the peace, and to bring about by peaceful means, and in conformity with the principles of justice and international law, adjustment or settlement of international disputes.” To achieve this purpose, “all Members shall refrain ... from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state.” In the event that international law, as expressed in the UN Charter, has been breached the UN Security Council is empowered to decide on measures “to be employed to give effect to its decisions.”

Sunday, February 26, 2017

A Typical Conversation with a Turkish Cypriot


A typical conversation with a member of the Turkish Cypriot minority suffocating in her/his own version of reality:
Cypriot: The Greek Cypriot majority granted you the privilege of exclusive education in Turkish as far back as in 1960. Do you support exclusive Kurdish education for Kurds in "Turkey", who constitute 20-25% of the country's population?
TC: What does the Kurdish issue have anything to do with Cyprus?
Cypriot: Well, for one I am trying to establish the pricniples we are trying to uphold, regardless of the people involved. Second, Kurds are a community of the country you claim to depend on for your security and rights. So how that country treats it's own ethnic community is relevant, would you not think so?
TC: The Kurds have nothing to do with us. You stole our rights and now you are trying to find excuses.
Cypriot: I see what you are saying. But, hypothetically, if Kurds were to ask a charter like the one you achieved in 1960, would you support them?
TC: You are a fascist. I will not talk with you anymore.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Mustafa Akinci is NOT a Hypocrite!


Mustafa Akinci, the leader of the Turkish Cypriot minority in Cyprus, strongly advocates:

  • the political equality of Turks and Kurds
  • Turk-Kurd rotational presidency in "Turkey"'s (RoT) new charter
  • exclusive Kurdish education for RoT's Kurds
  • external guarantees for RoT's long-persecuted Kurds
  • Kurdish veto rights in RoT
  • that Kurds, unlike Turkish Cypriots, have a legitimate claim to contiguous land
  • a new flag & charter for RoT that recognizes the reality of two peoples
  • PKK's armed struggle as a way to secure Kurds' rights in RoT
  • the UN presence in RoT to secure the safety of the Kurdish people next to Turks

Friday, February 10, 2017

Lobby for Cyprus statement on ‘talks’ to settle the Cyprus issue

February 8, 2017
Lobby for Cyprus

Any settlement to the Cyprus issue must be just, sustainable and above all, in line with the rule of law. It must be for the benefit of all citizens and lawful residents of the Republic of Cyprus, which encompasses the entire island.

It should not be overlooked that the so-called ‘Cyprus problem’ has been caused by Turkish-inspired constitutional segregation, which has been aggravated by Turkey’s invasion, occupation, ethnic cleansing and colonisation of 37 per cent of the territory and 57 per cent of the coastline of the Republic of Cyprus.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

If this ... why not this?

The over four fifths Christian majority of Cyprus, its historic community with non-stop cultural dominance on the island that spans millennia, wanted union with Greece. The British, the colonial power at the time, said no. Along with "Turkey", the patron of the circa 18% Muslim minority, they devised a political apartheid solution to grant Cyprus a crippled independence in 1960. The 1960 charter was never put to a vote.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Sam Harris on the dangers from a moderate religious viewpoint

Sam Harris talks about the danger that can result from even a moderate religious viewpoint. Highly recommended (14 minute video).

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Turkey's Kurds & Cyprus' tCypriots

As either unitary state or federation solutions are discussed as replacements to Cyprus' 1960 and Turkey's 1923 unworkable constitutions, should we abide by "if a right is a right too many for Turkey's Kurdish community (circa 23% of population) then that right is a right too many for Cyprus' tCypriot community too (circa 15%), and vice versa." Is the adoption of this fair logic the catalyst to securing just solutions for both UN countries.