to boullinConfused? Well I certainly was. It’s taken politicians in Cyprus over 3 decades to embrace the mature logic that a solution must firstly be made in Cyprus for it to work. Thus it came as a bit of a surprise when Turkish Cypriot leader, Mehmet Ali Talat confessed a deviation from the stance. It was also perturbing to hear snippets of speeches from Dimitris Christofias at the UN General Assembly, who like many before him has claimed ‘Turkey holds the key’. Its not that Christofias is fundamentally wrong, its just that both leaders could have used these valuable opportunities to actually create a more constructive climate, and thus to give strength to a more optimistic climate in Cyprus. With one saying a Cyprus made solution is not feasible and the other asking who holds the key, you do kind of get the impression that both leaders have recently lost the plot. Admittedly a solution can only be made in Cyprus, if Cypriots are left alone to constructively reach a shared, mutual settlement. But instead of preparing the people for such a solution we are all still chasing our respective tails, with some trying their utmost to derail the prospect for an end to a problem that has dogged many generations. The most acute evidence of this kind of obstinacy is a church backed document, which was, included by many Greek Cypriot newspapers a couple of weeks ago under the heading  ‘The Correct Yes Solution’. It contained the most maximalist rejectionist arguments and yet the majority of newspapers included it, presumably for a fee – now I really wonder who is really selling out Cyprus for a sheckles more. I know times are harsh, we are in a recession but how can any serious publication accept money for being so blatantly one-sided and negative? Do we live in a democracy or a theocracy? And where were all the critics of the meddling Archbishop, where were all politicians who used to say ‘religion should be kept out of politics? Is it my imagination or has something turned in the tide?

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