Oh to be the opposition, such a chore. The Conservative Party in Britain have enough experience in the trenches, so much in fact that whether you like them or not, the next British Election will be a landslide victory in their favour. The opposition in Blighty however, despite their ideological similarities is a far cry from Cyprus.

DiSY or the Democratic Rally Party has a crisis of sorts. On the one hand, as the only major party who took a ‘Yes’ stand in the referendum of 2004 you would think their take on the present government of Dimitris Christofias would, at least in terms of The Cyprus Problem, be more realistic. There is a crisis of sorts in their ranks, and it has existed for some years. The Averof-ite wing wants a more militant anti-government stand, as retribution on previous policies. Simultaneously more reasoned, and perhaps less knee-jerk based politicians, such as Hassikos and Stylianides, advocate a different, more consensus based form of governance – after all not one party alone can solve The Cyprus Problem.

Amidst all this, the party leader, Nicos Anastasiades, articulates criticism for the sake simply of being critical. Anastasiades pessimism on the current state of negotiations between Christofias and Talat appears short sighted. How can any one in their right mind want to turn policy back to the failings of the past? By saying the intensification of talks should have happened in September 2009, Anastasiades hoped to link a possible Cyprus solution with Turkey’s December EU deadline. Which is precisely where so many efforts at a solution have failed in the past. By trying to bargain one thing against another, or negotiate a solution at the expense of Turkish EU entry or vice versa, every one involved has merely be taken away from the substance and dynamics of each situation.

Turkey’s accession to the EU is one thing, and solving The Cyprus Problem is another. The mistake many politicians have made in the past, by drawing such equations, is irreversible. By transforming international relations into a Wal-Mart type bargain basement, namely buy one of these and get this one free, politicians are guilty of stifling populations into voting for things which frankly they not only had very little to do with, in terms of formulation, but more crucially, lack any understanding of, in terms of how possible policies effect people’s everyday lives. By trying to link everything together they would merely lead us back to the nothingness of voting on a plan that hardly any one read let alone understood and had just 7 days to decide.

I am not a politician and have no intention of becoming one, at least not on a professional full time basis. Mr. Anastasiades is some one I have a lot of time and respect for. I hope however, that this time, he reconsiders the formulas and postulations and embarks on a more constructive form of critique.

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