AS REGULAR readers will know, I consider the provision for referendums the biggest mistake in the procedure for reaching a solution to the Cyprus problem.
I admit that, initially, I had thought them a good idea because I had failed to realise the decisive role that could be played by the variety of political and economic interests as well as by the public attitudes cultivated in the years after 1974. This was all brought home during the referendum of 2004, and I am certain we would see a repeat if we have to vote on a peace plan again.
What is it all about? Quite simply, a very large number of people (much more so in the Greek Cypriot community) has developed a ‘partition conscience’ if I could describe it as such. For many and different reasons that I have analysed in the past, they have accepted partition as the best possible solution. “We should stay as we are,” they say.
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