Everyone intimately involved in solving the Cyprus problem has backed off because of the upcoming presidential elections. It seems wise on the surface, but is adding to the entropy that has slowly settled in over the decades.
The entropy that holds back normal peace-making initiatives like a Truth and Reconciliation board to bring Cypriots together psychologically. That replaces a feeling of peacemaking with a feeling of not making waves. That slows activism to petition Europe for sanctions on Turkey for war crimes. One can understand the need for diplomacy in this very difficult situation but peace initiatives should be active at all times, not frozen during political uncertainty. At the very least, awareness campaigns about the advantages of peace could be carried out when there are lulls in the talks.
Note: This publication supports peace negotiations and a fair reunification deal as part of its human rights activist profile.
The negotiations are normally under the auspices of the community level. The President of the Republic’s involvement is necessary but not required at all times. There is only so much one person can do. The negotiating teams could be meeting for technical talks, that’s what they’re paid for, no? Even talks about the talks would send a positive message.
The longer we’re weighed down by entropy, the more the current situation becomes an entrenched state of affairs. Turkey is more belligerent, has an even worse human rights record even in contemporary times, and must be kept in check. Turkey must be shown the door. The only way to do that is through community unity and reconciliation. Reunification under an amended Republic of Cyprus constitution that protects every individual’s human rights and provides for political equality for every community on the island. That doesn’t mean distorting the numbers and complicating the voting procedure, it means providing a level playing field for each community.
So, yes, a break is not a bad idea, everyone was tired and disappointed at hitting yet another of Turkey’s brick walls. But break time is over. Time to pick up the tasks at hand and try another day to bring a lasting peace to this long-suffering island.