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Cyprus Internet Directory [ Two states are better than Swiss model ]

Two states are better than Swiss model

In reference to “The way to a solution” (Letters, May 31, 2009), Hans-Jacob Heitz favours a Swiss federalism solution to the divided island.

I am not sure this can work in Cyprus due to the historical animosity and mistrust of both peoples which goes back to 1571 when the Turks first arrived on the island.

I personally believe the Irish model of having two states on the one geographic area makes more sense. Today we have a Northern island and a Republic of Ireland and no one is pushing the two to unite.

What is needed here is land adjustments, compensation for lost lands or properties from both sides and eventual acceptance of one another with secure borders. As its stands, we Greek Cypriots control 63 per cent of the total area and the Turkish Cypriots 37 per cent. Prior to 1974 the Turkish Cypriots never amounted to more than 20 per cent.

I suggest a 70-75 per cent control of the overall area to the Greek Cypriots. In return recognition by the Greek Cypriots and the international community.

I do not think Turkey has the will to pull out 100,000 settlers and the 30,000-plus troops just to join the EU. On the other hand France, Germany, Austria, Netherlands, Denmark and most EU citizens do not want Turkey in the EU and prefer a privileged relationship rather than full EU membership – thus there is no incentive for Turkey.

I truly believe both communities prefer to govern themselves than one another.

George K. Georgiou,
Melbourne, Australia

(Source: Cyprus Mail)
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