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Media Watch 2005

09 January 2005
Source: Cyprus Mail Letters
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Comment: The following letter appeared in the Cyprus Mail of Nicosia on 9 January 2005.
Embracing the Republic of Cyprus
"The very thought that a mere 100,000 Turkish Cypriot people can form a sustainable independent economy while establishing and maintaining a modern infrastructure with a miniscule 40,000 odd working population of a predominantly agricultural nature is attainable only in the wishful dreams of their leader Rauf Denktash and his supporters."

Sir,
The crux of the Cyprus ‘problem’ is the refusal of the Turkish Cypriots, who are outnumbered by seven to one, to accept their minority status; needless to say that a minority community is simply one that is fewer in numbers than the predominant community but is otherwise democratically equal before all rights and responsibilities.

The ongoing Turkish Cypriot persistence for autonomy has been most disruptive for the whole island and particularly catastrophic for the Turkish Cypriot community itself.

The very thought that a mere 100,000 Turkish Cypriot people can form a sustainable independent economy while establishing and maintaining a modern infrastructure with a miniscule 40,000 odd working population of a predominantly agricultural nature is attainable only in the wishful dreams of their leader Rauf Denktash and his supporters.

If left to their own devices, the Turkish Cypriot community is destined for financial extinction with mathematical accuracy. The false hope of independence and autonomy is fed by Turkey’s 30-year campaign of huge financial aid and political interference that manufactures and sustains Turkish Cypriot leaders the likes of Rauf Denktash, who is hell-bent on keeping the two Cypriot communities apart at all costs to serve Turkey’s expansionistic interests.

Thanks to Rauf Denktash’s doctrines, the Turkish Cypriot community has been living a dream of false hope that once official business partnerships are established with the rest of the world, upon “statehood” and recognition, their financial troubles will be over. The sad truth is that the Turkish Cypriot community already has easy access to a 70 million strong Turkish-speaking market just 40 miles north; the “motherland” itself, and yet the Turkish Cypriots are still unable to survive without considerable annual Turkish aid.

Yet despite these daunting facts and decades of false promises, the Denktash lobby continues to hold the Turkish Cypriot community captive, in the past, under third world standards in a setup that can only be described as a chiefdom “republic”.

On the other side of the coin, we have the Republic of Cyprus, which, akin to the West, exercises great tolerance to religious diversity, offers financial prosperity through its negative unemployment rate and strong economy, and boasts a range of modern social services for all its citizens. All the facts point that it would be in every Turkish Cypriot’s interest to embrace the Republic of Cyprus."