Against all odds, hope for Cyprus

Kathimerini English - - Front Page - BY NIKOS KONSTANDARAS

tees in ex­change for liv­ing with other, dif­fer­ent groups. In the case of Cyprus, the Greek Cypri­ots have the ben­e­fit of be­ing the ma­jor­ity and of run­ning a rec­og­nized state; the Turk­ish Cypri­ots are iso­lated but also have the sup­port of Turk­ish arms and a heavy de­pen­dence on Turkey. Both sides have much to give up and much to gain from peace­ful co­ex­is­tence. It is up to the Cypri­ots to re­as­sure their cit­i­zens, to con­cil­i­ate their two com­mu­ni­ties, to over­come the voices that re­ject any com­pro­mise. It is their busi­ness, but the stakes are much big­ger. At a time when di­vi­sions are grow­ing across the world be­tween na­tional, class and re­li­gious groups, when Euro­pean unity is at stake, when pow­er­ful coun­tries fo­cus more on their spe­cific in­ter­ests rather than the col­lec­tive good, a de­ci­sion by two com­mu­ni­ties to re­unite in a fed­er­a­tion would pro­vide a mes­sage of hope. But when the United States elected pres­i­dent a man who promised a wall on the bor­der with Mex­ico, who pro­posed ban­ning Mus­lims from en­ter­ing, whose plans could shut mil­lions of peo­ple out of their coun­try’s health sys­tem, who says that he will scrap in­ter­na­tional agree­ments, can we ex­pect the com­mu­ni­ties of a small coun­try to do the op­po­site and bring down the wall be­tween them? This will oc­cur only when the ma­jor­ity on both sides be­lieves that co­op­er­a­tion and co­ex­is­tence will ben­e­fit

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