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Media Watch 2004

02 February 2004
Source: Simerini
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Comment: The following article appeared in Simerini of Nicosia on 2 February 2004.
Schizophrenic phenomenon
"Instead of Turkey being democratized so as to join the European Union, Cyprus will be de-democratized. And it shall join the EU in a political system that bears little connection with the acquis communautaire..."

The issue is not simply whether the talks will begin, but whether they will conclude to a positive outcome; whether the solution will be functional and European. And unfortunately such a solution is not provided by the Annan plan; especially in its current form. And this is the decision of the National Council.

Now, the UN Secretary General demands: First, the commitment in advance by both sides that by April, irrespective of the outcome of the negotiations, the solution will be put to referenda. Second, he should be given the authority to arbitrate. So as to fill the gaps of his plan. The so-called blank pages. But also, as it was implied, the rest of the points, regarding which there will be disagreement during the negotiations. Up to present, he has not said anything different in public. In other words, he aims at being authorized to determine the outcome. So that we will be handed a fixed solution once again.

Under these circumstances, what kind of negotiations are to take place? The Annan plan will remain the same. Even if any amendments are realized, they will be insignificant. And thus, the following schizophrenic phenomenon will take place: Instead of Turkey being democratized so as to join the European Union, Cyprus will be de-democratized. And it shall join the EU in a political system that bears little connection with the acquis communautaire.

However, there is one more thing: What will happen in case the referendum turns out negative, because the negotiations will not satisfy one side or the other or even both? Will the circumstances be created for the recognition of the pseudostate or not? Bearing in mind such possibility, what shall we do? We will accept a Turkish solution so as to avoid the negative result of the referendum?

Today, the National Council convenes. And it has to decide whether we will insist on a viable, democratic and European solution or whether we shall reject it, so that Mr. Annan will not put the blame on us, because we do not accept unconditionally his arbitrary role. Why should Mr. Annan blame us for wanting a solution based on international law? And why Turkey should say “no” to a solution compatible with the acquis communautaire, given that it wants to join the EU? Why Brussels should be opposed to a settlement that will be harmonized with the European laws, principles and values?

Here’s the question: Does the UN Secretary General agree to arbitrate the Cyprus issue and to fill the gaps of his plan, as well as the rest of the negotiating disagreements on the basis of the acquis communautaire and the international law? Without, in fact, taking into consideration the “realities” of the invasion? Yes or no? So, Mr. Annan should express a firm reply to this before us being able to provide him with our own answers…"