by Upstate NY
Tue Jun 14th, 2005 at 05:38:30 AM EST
This article in the Washington Times gives the perspective of the Cyprus Ambassador to the US on the intractable Cyprus conflict.
Cyprus Backs Turkey?
He clearly seems to feel that Cyprus is being used as a pawn, a bargaining chip, by greater powers who wish to buy Turkey's participation in the Middle East Peace Project (ahem).
It's not only the US that sees a small country like Cyprus as not worth the bother, but also powerful members of the EU feel the same way (esp. Germany, the Netherlands and definitely England). Sadly, the UN is piling on. I have seen in the past how the UN (Kofi Annan) plays power politics in certain situations, and this is one of them. The UN is not always a fair arbiter.
There are a great many things at stake, Turkey's entrance in to the EU (Cyprus has a veto), military strategies in the Meditteranean (Cyprus has been called an unsinkable battleship), international justice (UN resolutions condemning Turkey's invasion of 1974) and civil rights (lots of people on the island from both sides have had their rights curtailed).
How this will play out will tell us a lot about respect for international law, human rights, European respect for the EU charter and laws, and how these laws are upheld when pressured by powerful interests.
There's a lot of background that I can give on Cyprus, and it could go on forever. If anyone has questions, I'd be glad to answer them.