Cyprus’s Crusader Castles in the sky in North Cyprus
By Chris Elliott
Daily we read in the various media of an outpouring of comments and perhaps indications that the talks for a Cyprus settlement may take place, unless another excuse not to talk, is found.
Should we take heed of what we read and hope for a new sense of justice and progress being made on the Cyprus settlement, perhaps not whilst the historical nationalistic rhetoric of yesteryear keeps surfacing and calls for North Cyprus to be maintained in an embargoed status for perhaps another 40 years.
Many people read the news on the internet where they can make comments as to their views and desires. A prime case of this is in a recent posting by Michael Hodges in the Financial Times where he wrote about North Cyprus as a holiday destination and for daring to utter the words “Turkish Republic of North Cyprus” and “Ercan Airport” and this received an unprecedented outpouring of criticism much of it rejecting the existence of the TRNC and anyone who should consider giving it any support. Why?
One of the mystifying facts is that the world has been led to believe that on 20th July 1974, there was witnessed, a crime of the century against human rights and yet history shows that the problems of Cyprus go back even further and perhaps if the world had taken action much earlier or when Archbishop Makarios requested help from the UN on 19th July 1974 claiming that the Republic of Cyprus had been already invaded, not by the Turkish Peace Intervention but by the Greek military Junta, then a solution to the problems may have been found. Read this link.
The depressing fact is many people live in the past and only remember what they want to, whereas if there was a general acceptance of the past history both bad and good by both sides, then a reconciliation is possible even if two communities decide to live separately and in harmony and share all of the country’s resources. to make what is Cyprus, both North and South, a jewel in the Mediterranean.
An unwillingness to agree to do this means an agreement can never be reached so a total separation is the only solution and the world should not insist on North Cyprus being held in limbo for perhaps another 40 years until both parties agree a settlement, which is unlikely to happen unless the truth and history of Cyprus is accepted and the communities move into a forward-thinking and progressive world.
To read more of an excellent article about the tourism potential of North Cyprus in the Financial Times article by Michael Hodges and the outpouring of damning comments, do please follow this link and perhaps make your own opinion known.