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Selective ignorance

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A resolution cannot be an easy task. Some 50 years of intercommunal talks underscore what an uphill road might be ahead for all those who flocked to the Swiss winter resort town of Crans-Montana for the Cyprus conference. No one could challenge U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres’s remark that “some sensitive and difficult issues remain to be resolved ... there is still a lot of work to be done. [However] a clear understanding emerged of the essential elements of a package that might lead to a comprehensive settlement in Cyprus.”

What were those “essential elements” that the secretary-general mentioned? This may become a five-million-dollar question, as selective ignorance lies at the very roots of the Cyprus problem. A small and mostly leftist and opportunist section of the Turkish Cypriot people, in what is most likely a version of Stockholm Syndrome - or perhaps out of their strong desire to see an end to the obscure situation dangling in the twilight - only have a problem with Turkey’s presence in Cyprus. What happened before the 1974 Turkish intervention belongs to a past they do not want to remember.

It might be understandable that they wish to forget some of the grievances they were subjected to, as they had........

© Hürriyet Daily News