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26 March 2009
A call to end Cyprus colonialist constitution
A bracing new book Cyprus: The Post-Imperial Constitution written by Professor Vassilis Fouskas and Dr Alex Tackie, (published by Pluto Press in the UK and Palgrave MacMillan in the USA) was launched at the London School of Economics, on 25 March 2009.

London, 26 March 2009 – A bracing new book Cyprus: The Post-Imperial Constitution written by Professor Vassilis Fouskas and Dr Alex Tackie, (published by Pluto Press in the UK and Palgrave MacMillan in the USA) was launched at the London School of Economics, on 25 March 2009.
 
The book was presented by Dr Alan Sked, Reader in International History at the London School of Economics and Francois Nectoux, Professor of European Politics at Kingston University.

Dr Sked explained how the people of Cyprus have been cheated out of their rights for self-determination over the decades by powerful countries, in particular the UK. He considered the degree of suffering inflicted on Cypriots to be astonishing, particularly as it was at the hands of countries and bodies that were seen to be friends - the UK, USA, Greece and the United Nations. Further, he stated that, only majority rule should apply to Cyprus. The rights of minorities must be protected, however, they should not hold the right of veto. Dr Sked praised the book for its originality and clarity and also praised the view of the authors that the economies of the occupied areas and the free part of the island, are converging.

Professor Nectoux praised the authors, stating that the book was of great importance as it is giving a clear perspective of the events that took place against Cyprus and its people in the past and what should happen in the future, to rectify these. He added that it was a convincing piece of work with a lot of academic power. It reverses the fallacies perpetuated about Cyprus by many politicians, as well as academics, both in the UK and internationally, that the Cyprus problem exists due to Cypriots being in a vicious circle of history. He concluded that it is very important to deconstruct this false record of history.

During a discussion that took place following the presentation with the participation of the audience, Professor Fouskas explained how a deep division exists in Turkey where one side sees Cyprus as part of its (Turkey’s) security zone and that they will never give it (Cyprus) up. The other considers Cyprus to be a political issue that should be resolved by diplomatic means. He explained that, if the Annan plan had been accepted by the Cypriots in April 2004, it would have strengthened the arm of democrats in Turkey, but it would have not ended the division and would not have helped the Republic of Cyprus escape from imperial constitutional constraints.

Professor Fouskas concluded that Ankara, London, Athens and Washington, should leave Cypriot society alone to work out a solution that would benefit the entire island and its people and one that would not serve the interests of outside powers. Any plan for a solution to the Cyprus issue, imposed by imperial powers, will always carry a partitionist message and will never aim to restore a unified Republic of Cyprus with a single identity and citizenship and a constitution in line with all other European countries.

The panelists and all those that attended the launch, congratulated the authors and agreed that the book is a land mark publication for the years to come and a basis for discussion with a new approach for the settlement of the Cyprus issue.

Lobby for Cyprus is a non-party-political organisation, based in the UK, dedicated to the unification of the island through the removal of the 43,000-man Turkish army, the repatriation of the 160,000 Anatolian colonists imported into the north contrary to all international laws, and the return of all refugees to their homes.

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