To the editor
I strongly feel that “The political will” and the “freedom to decide” that are two aspects needed by the leaders of the Cypriot communities to freely come up with a just, honorable, and workable solution “by the Cypriots for the Cypriots” is not yet present. The reasons are the following;
a. The presents in Cyprus of 45.000 of illegal occupation troops and 200.000 of illegal Turkish seeders in a country of less than a million of total population.
b. The UN. Must implement adopted Resolutions. If the GA and SC Resolution 3212 adopted unanimously in 1974 was implemented we will not be facing a Cyprus reunification problem today 34 years later.
c. The three immediately concerned Countries UK, Turkey and Greece, according to the 1958 UN Res. and guarantor powers according to the 1960 Republic of Cyprus Constitution, MUST assist the leaders of the Cypriot communities and help the Cypriots understand that they are citizens of a multi-ethic and multi-religions Country a full member of the UN and EU.
d. USA my adopted Country must rededicate itself to the UN organization and its mission, especially the mission of the UN Human Rights Council that passes resolutions condemning human rights abuses but very few are implemented.
I also feel that a new peace process in Cyprus is now present after the 2008 Presidential elections. The results of the elections showed that 2/3 of the voters on the first round voted to reject the Annan plan and on the final vote elected a new President acceptable to Turkey, UK, USA, EU and the Turkish-Cypriot leader . The new President Dimitris Christofias is now heading the negotiations for a permanent solution to the Cyprus conflict.
I do agree with the statement that the position of Turkey is crucial but do not agree that “Key players like Turkey are been contractive” and that the UN and the EU are part of “the outside world” regarding the final solution. The Republic of Cyprus is a full member of the UN and EU and any final solution must be based on UN adopted resolutions and the EU agreements.
Being born in the occupied city of Kyrenia Cyprus, I have come to know and get involved willingly with the Cyprus problem from the 1950ʼs. It is my strong feeling and many others that know the Cypriots, as freedom laving, family oriented and religious people, that if they are left alone and given the correct environment of “freedom to decide”, with positive support from the immediately concerned parties they will find a solution that will encompass human rights for all Cypriots, a solution that will be based on UN adopted resolutions on Cyprus, the high level agreements of 1977 and EU agreements.
Human Rights Advocate and past President of CFA and PSEKA