The Cyprus issue can no longer remain
By Chris Elliott
The weeks are passing by and we are bombarded with news feeds talking about the proposed talks between the Cyprus Republic and The Turkish Republic of North Cyprus representatives to start serious discussions to try and resolve the nearly 40-year-old dispute that divided the island in July 1974, although the troubles go back to 1964 and even before that.
Living in the delightful country and community that is North Cyprus, most ex-patriats feel a deep sense of shame and anger that following the referendum of the UN inspired Annan Plan the Republic of Cyprus rejected it but the TRNC accepted it. The shameful history tells us that as a reward for their rejection, the Republic of Cyprus was granted membership of the EU but the TRNC was not.
Since then we have seen the Republic of Cyprus trying to integrate itself with many countries and take advantage of the situation to enhance its position and at the same time try to bring influence to bear that would disadvantage the TRNC future with world embargoes continuing.
Will common sense now prevail and will we see a different approach that puts past politics, history and mythology aside to finally see the truth so this island become one again or two separate Republics living and trading in harmony side by side.
Is this a wish for a pipedream, seemingly not, as both the Cyprus and Turkish Cypriots’ Chambers of Commerce have jointly called for the Cyprus issue to be finally resolved. For more information please follow the link below.