CYPRUS: THE UNRESOLVED CONFLICT ,
percent positions in the civil service available immediately, even if qualified people were nor available,
and during 1960-1963, used their veto powers to bring the government to total paralysis (Stephens 168-
180). This, of course, led to the proposed thirteen Constitutional amendments by President Makarios and
the 1963-1964 crisis, the U.N. involvement, and the stagnation of the Cyprus
Frequently, the Turks claimed that the Greek Cypriots exploited the Turkish Cypriots. Robert Stephens argues that "perhaps the biggest mistake the Greeks made was in their indifference to Turkish poverty" (173). But is this argument correct? Did the Greek Cypriots really impoverish the Turkish Cypriots?
I believe that the Turkish Cypriot stagnation was a product of a combination of factors. The economic blockade imposed by the Greek Cypriots against the Turkish Cypriots since August 1964 contributed to their stagnation. However, the Turkish Cypriots were also responsible for this. Their leaders encouraged them to buy only Turkish products, tried to create a separate economy without having the capabilities, an tried to isolate themselves.
The U.N. Secretary-General took this viewpoint, at least to some extent, when he stated: "The Turkish Cypriot policy of self-isolation has led the community in the opposite direction from normality. The community leadership discourages the Turkish Cypriot population from engaging in personal, commercial, or other contact with their Greek Cypriot compatriots, from applying to government offices in administrative matters or from resettling in their home villages if they are refugees" (Loizos 19).
It can be argued, then, that the actions of both communities have contributed to further destabilization of the Cyprus situation. They do not trust each other, they are not willing or are unable to change their positions, and they react negatively to the actions of the other community.
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Sea, was my lover's song War anchored itself in its deep blue my lover, dead soldier. Wheat, was my lover's song War put hand-cuffson its golden stare my lover, dead soldier. Peace, was my lover's song War divided its white smile into two my lover, dead soldier. I hear my lover dead soldier is singing blue songs knocking our doors. I hear it, the ones who died in war singing the best peace songs.
(My Lover, Dead Soldier, 1985) Mehmet Yasin
On the day the wall come down They threw the locks onto the ground And with glasses high we raised a cry for freedom had arrived On the day the wall come down The Ship of Fools had finally ran aground Promises lit up the night like paper doves in flight I dreamed you had left my side No warmth, not even pride remained And eventhough you needed me I was clear that I could not do a thing for you Now life devalues day by day As friends and neighbors turn away And there's a change, even with regret can not be undone Now frontiers shift like desert sands While nations wash their bloodied hands Of loyalty, of history, in shades of grey I woke to the sound of drums The music played, the morning sun streamed in I turned and looked at you And all but the bitter residues ` slipped away...slipped away