Comments on: Can Cyprus “comrades” clinch a deal? http://blogs.reuters.com/global/2008/09/03/can-cyprus-comrades-clinch-a-deal/ Beyond the World news headlines Wed, 16 Nov 2016 20:09:42 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: shazia http://blogs.reuters.com/global/2008/09/03/can-cyprus-comrades-clinch-a-deal/comment-page-1/#comment-3979 Fri, 12 Dec 2008 11:08:16 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/global/2008/09/03/can-cyprus-comrades-clinch-a-deal/#comment-3979 The leaders of Cyprus’s Greek and Turkish communities are very lovely. The is very lovely and useful.

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By: wyle peterson http://blogs.reuters.com/global/2008/09/03/can-cyprus-comrades-clinch-a-deal/comment-page-1/#comment-1731 Fri, 05 Sep 2008 02:51:49 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/global/2008/09/03/can-cyprus-comrades-clinch-a-deal/#comment-1731 the cases of Issak, and Solomou speak volumes,

…so too the gates at Limnitis.

my hope is that these two leaders are Cypriots, rather than “Greeks” or “Turks”; agreeing to a single identity, and a single sovereignty as the United Republic of Cyprus, is a good first step.

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By: Ian Betts http://blogs.reuters.com/global/2008/09/03/can-cyprus-comrades-clinch-a-deal/comment-page-1/#comment-1724 Thu, 04 Sep 2008 18:30:21 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/global/2008/09/03/can-cyprus-comrades-clinch-a-deal/#comment-1724 The Cyprus problem has been completely turned on its head since 1974, primarily as the outcome of a very sophisticated propaganda progamme, by and large supported by the Othodox Church in Southern Cyprus, an organisation with huge vested interests in the outcome of the debate. Turkey did not invade Cyprus it faced up to its responsibilites(supposedly shared with recalcritant Britain and Greece) and intervened to save lives. Cyprus had been a hot bed of intrigue from the 1960’s when Greek Cypriots murdered British military personnel and their families in the name of independence, with the long term objective of unification with Greese. Independence came about on the basis of reponsibilites and rights shared between the nation’s Turkish and Cypriot peoples. It did not take long for The Greek half to disenfranchise the Turkish part by excluding them from all power sharing, so that murder and mayhem ensued. This is nowadays justified on the current Greek Cypriot High Comission web site on the grounds that the constitution was unworkable. Yet the ‘solution’ that the Greek Cypriots currently say is the only one acceptable to them is a return to something closely resembling that situation – that they say was unworkable. Because of this history Turkish Cypriots do not trust Greek Cypriots, and understandably seek a divided country with each side providing enfranchisement and security for its own peoples. This is effectively the current situation with safety provide by a Turkish army that maintains a discrete presence in the northern part of the island.

The prospects of an acceptable solution are remote given these two almost insurmountable differences. Secondly there is a major property issue. Greek Cypriots have created tthe impression that only they owned property prior to 1974 (the year of the intervention). They have to recognise that Turkish Cypriots were fleeing from the south in fear of their lives prior to 1974 and being farmers as opposed to the primary Greek Cypriot urban culture abandoned nearly as much property as Greek Cypriots did when they fled in 1974. Both sides have subsequently exploited that abandoned property so that this will prove to be an almost equally insurmountable problem to the political situation outlined above. Both sides reconise that the other has a legitimate grievance, the situation is not as one sided as Greek Cypriots claim and it is time that Turkish Cypriots recognise the importance of a focussed ‘information programme, rather than sitting back and waiting for the world to wake up.

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