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Conceding the truth a must for deal in Cyprus

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A settlement in Cyprus is almost impossible unless the two sides on the island manage to confess the crimes they committed and apologize to each other. How can the two people of the island establish peace and start building a common future of confidence in each other while they have totally conflicting approaches as to how the Cyprus problem started?

Years ago, the late Osman Örek, the defense minister of the short-lived partnership government established after the 1960 declaration of the independence of Cyprus from Britain, told this writer in all clarity how he was sent off from the stairs of the legislature at gun point by the then house speaker Glafkos Clerides. Turkish Cypriot ministers and deputies were asked to accept unilateral amendments made in the constitution by an all-Greek legislature in total violation of the founding treaties and the constitution or otherwise they had no place in governance. All Turkish Cypriot civil servants were sent back on the grounds that their security could not be provided.

With attacks on Turkish Cypriot settlements, 103 Turkish villages pillaged by the EOKA (Ethniki Organosis Kyprion Agoniston or the National Organization of Cypriot Fighters), vandals and villagers forced to seek refuge in Turkish dominated areas and civil servants and political representatives denied........

© Hürriyet Daily News