12° Nicosia,
14 April, 2021

This is it!

Their only ideal settlement of the Cyprus problem was, from the onset, its non settlement.

Andreas Paraschos

Andreas Paraschos

I was under the impression that after everything I wrote last Sunday about thoughts and intentions for a two-state solution, on the part of President Anastasiades, there would be some reaction and refutation primarily from him but also from political parties in the centre that had received such information. This is because I believed that a solution of two states was clearly a Turkish aim. Days went by and nobody was commenting, except from AKEL on the left which was asking for clarification, until Friday when Foreign Minister Nicos Christodoulides went on state media and declared “there are no ideas for other types of solutions, nor is there another choice in Nicosia’s objectives”.

What did the solution of the Cyprus problem mean in simple terms? Once there will be no guarantees or troops, a solution would eliminate conflict between the two constituent states. 

With a bizonal, bicommunal, federal solution (BFF), which itself provides for a mechanism for settling disputes, time and commerce would have worked to minimise conflict.

But is a two-state solution really less painful? It is patently obvious that from the moment we recognise the breakaway regime in the north (really, who would ever sign their name on that dotted line?), we would be accepting straight away that the demarcation line would be recognised as a border with Turkey. And this is when friction would increase. During the first 10-15 years, time which would have otherwise taken to eliminate conflict in a BBF, the Turkish Cypriot community would be absorbed by the Islamic way of life that is already so thoroughly being cultivated by the Erdogan regime.

And if the Revival Party in the occupied areas now has two settlers as members of “parliament”, it will manage to elect all of them in 10-15 years. 

This is where the logic behind the previously lost opportunity makes the next one all the more complicated. Because from the summer 2017 in Crans-Montana until today, Turkey has practically moved up to another level, which is dictatorship.

Even though the downfall of dictators is prescribed, their course to the tragic finale is often long and filled with many open fronts, mainly for war aimed at exacerbating nationalism and helping maintain the state of emergency and martial law. And so, in mid-January Erdogan ordered an invasion of Syria on the pretext that the YPG Kurds in Afrin and Manbij posed a threat to Turkey's security.

A "patriotic war" that triggers nationalism, with a very telling photograph of him with a little Turkish girl, who will be embraced by the Turkish flag according to him, a snapshot identical to a portrait of Hitler. Additionally, in mid-February six prominent journalists were sentenced to life imprisonment on made up charges in connection with a military coup.

The rather unfortunate phrase “we vote ‘no’ to cement the ‘yes’ vote” was in the end just another version of the perpetuation of the status quo

With politicians, journalists, academics and thousands of judges having been persecuted, the monster of fascism has already come to the surface. Everyone can see this now, from America to Europe, and in my view, given the circumstances, the cycle of positive conjectures in the Cyprus problem is at an end.

To summarise and keep it short, I cannot help but point out a view that I had expressed in the past, during the time of Tassos Papadopoulos. That is, behind the “killing” of various conjectures that made a solution possible, the responsibility of the Greek Cypriot conclave was the conviction that the only "ideal" settlement of the Cyprus problem was, from the onset, its non settlement.

The rather unfortunate phrase, uttered by Demetris Christofias, saying “we vote ‘no’ in order to cement the ‘yes’ vote” was in the end just another version of the perpetuation of the status quo.

This is because it is the most profitable investment for the white collars of the conclave, which has been ruling the Republic of Cyprus since 1963, without checks and balances provided for in the constitution. This is why all the big crimes, from 1974 and onward, have gone unpunished, just like this case, until the last deception becomes worse than the first. Sadly.

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