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Long Road To Re-Unification
by Andreas C. Chrysafis
The government of President Nikos Anastasiades is determined to “resolve” the Cyprus issue one way or another! This is probably an IMF EU-Troika “Mnimonio” condition that no politician dares to talk about it openly! It is not certain, but public sentiment indicates there is something cooking in mysterious circumstances and Cypriots will soon be faced with another dubious “Annan Plan” type of a solution.
The introduction of this apartheid-induced BBF plan, offers the potential to keep two ancient indigenous people in a semi-separate ethnic sectors centered on nationality, language and creed. That cannot be right in a modern democracy! Such a solution bares the hallmarks of apartheid and should never be allowed to formulate the basis of a Cyprus settlement. People’s race is not the enemy but it’s ignorance, bad leadership and bad politics that are the enemies of a country.
Today’s young generation, academia, organizations and social networking can change all that and play a leading role for the reunification of Cyprus. A mass peace movement for Cypriot Unity free from dogmatism can actually become the catalyst and help reunite the island where politicians have utterly failed. After 40 years of dismal failure, a new multicultural Cyprus can then rise out of the ashes with a new Constitution that truly shall meet and serve the needs of citizens as equals based on justice; one citizenship; one-man-one-vote, freedom of religion and rule of law.
Let Nelson Mandela’s giant struggle for Justice be the guiding beacon to both Greek and Turkish Cypriots to work together as one people and finally produce a miracle of unity. If fact, it is time that we stop burning our children on the altar of our hatred and build a new Cyprus for all citizens on this beautiful land of ours!
“I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can only rest for a moment, for with freedom come responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not ended.” – Nelson Mandela
Andreas C. Chrysafis is an author, writer and painter based in Cyprus.
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