By Demetrios Reginiotis
Posted July 28,
I have given it some consideration since some time ago and
have come to the conclusion that it
is like trying to mix water with oil.
In Northern Greece, in the area of Thrace there is a Greek
Community of Turkish descendants.
A couple of months
ago an episode took place related to offering a governmental
position to a lady Gul Karahassan-- of Turkish decent in a
proposition of George Papandreou, the leader of the other major
in power political party in Greece. That was en effort to ease
the tensions between the two communities and promote
respect for all ethnic minorities that live in Greece.
Then most of the Greeks rejected the idea of offering this
position to that person with the Turkish name.
For this Turkish descent minority in Thrace it is probably
impossible to be accepted as a Greek community by the rest of
Very few things are common between the two peoples. But
especially the different religion and language and the harsh
memories from the long past occupation of the Greeks by the
Turks make it too hard to bridge the differences between the two
Now my mind is revolving around the Cyprus problem, and
I see that
the same differences that exist
there will never make the same
two peoples find a common ground for the suffered Island and
accept a common leadership.
Simply because this leadership will always favor the
Greek-Cypriots as the majority of the Island.
It seems as impossible as mixing oil and water.
And even, if we shook it a lot soon
it would get separated
What I am trying to say is that I canšt see a viable solution
for a unification of the two communities.
All these truths made me see a different solution for the
What I see as the most viable and logical solution is the
unification of the Northern part of Cyprus that is the
Turkish-Cypriot with Turkey and make it
I also see the unification of the rest of Cyprus, the
Greek-Cypriot part, with Greece and make it a Federation, too.
Then it would be urgent and so
speed up the entrance of Turkey into
the European Union. This must happen within the next 2 to 3
First reason: This way the two divided parts of Cyprus will be
able to get united under the European
Union's umbrella. Both populations would
European passports to go wherever they'd like
Second reason: This solution would ease the tension between the
two countries, Greece and Turkey to the minimum,
maybe even eliminate
the tension and develop a lasting friendship based
of goods and businesses. This would happen because Turks and
Greeks are close neighbors
who would be able to travel
countries as it was one common place.
Therefore, under these conditions Turkey must accept all
European policies and rules in order to become an equal member
of the Union. Absolutely no egos! Turks must understand that
European Union is not just a "Business Union" ... but an
evolving Federation with all its members
having equal rights
Thus requireing all members
to be serious and even love to get
united with the rest of the Continent!
Europe cannot play games with the "particular ethnic pride" of
The same rules should apply
to all its members
that already exist
as well as to those
that will join the Union eventually.
The main focus should be on how to make peoples live
easier and not to satisfy national prides and the leaders'
egos and often false ambitions because these
nations will no
longer be nations after the total unification of the European
This may include Russia and other former Soviet Republics.
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