Discuss The Idea Of A Untied Cyprus, Putting Forward A Basic Outline Of A Solution To Re Unite The Divided Island Of Greeks And Turks.

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Whereas some would argue that the idea of a united Cyprus is in fact outdated, others would say that the possibility of a long overdue solution to the 'Cyprus Problem' has never been more real.The word 'outdated' seems to imply that the very notion should be banished form our minds, that the possibility no longer exists and that the whole concept is 'old fashioned'.The sad truth of the matter is - most Greek-Cypriots do not want a solution. As a matter of fact, most of them would rather have a Gaza style wall be built between the two sides. 'They' can stay over there with their donkeys and pushcarts, while 'we' can live out the rest of our happy lives here with our villas and Mercedes. Turkish settlers are also opposed to a solution, as they fear that a very possible clause in any reunification treaty would see them expelled form Cyprus and returning to Turkey.There is an overwhelming amount of disrespect between the two religions in Cyprus, Christianity and Islam. It is the atypical Greek-Cypriot who will tolerate having a mosque located near his house, near his area, and for some extremists, anywhere in the city. A lot of Greek-Cypriots will astutely observe that the mosque is trampling all over their 'Greekness' and insulting their religious faith. It would be just as difficult to find a hardcore Muslim who won't sweat profusely at the idea of having to live near a church.Most of the people who make up the minority population who want a solution are refugees, desperate to live out the rest of their days where they feel they belong. The number of people pressuring the government for a solution decreases with the number of refugees being buried, and the rest of them are barely taken any notice of because they're old, and really, who cares about them?It can also be seen that unifications are no longer trendy. While every other state is being split up, or has already been torn apart, it is unlikely to imagine that Cyprus, of all countries, will be the one to go against this latest political fashion.Signs are not good when in every under-path, on every school wall and on your average teenagers backpack there's a big, bold "FUCK TURKEY" or a "DEATH TO ALL TURKS!."But to suggest that a united Cyprus is outdated is, perhaps, to insult the intelligence of some of Europe's leading politicians, who all evidently see the 'Cyprus problem' as resolvable.The obstacles facing peaceful reunification listed above are not ones that are impossible to overcome. In fact, with a bit of patience, and with a lot of help from the other European states, a peaceful solution may be possible before the last refugee kicks the proverbial bucket.The top priority if the island if it is to have any realistic hope of reunification should be EDUCATION. Proper education, one that the EU or Britain should provide because quite frankly neither of the two sides can be trusted not to turn the systems into propaganda machines to be used against each other. The current education systems...

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