OP/ED: History is a school, not a prison

OP/ED: History is a school, not a prison

Two weeks since the failed Cyprus Talks attempt at Crans-Montana and the cover up on what actually happened is causing a never ending war of words.

Nobody has been left unscathed in this war of “leaks and announcements” on who is to blame for failing to find a solution at the Conference on Cyprus. Clearly this “aggression” is not  working in favour of the discussions on the Cyprus problem.

The lack of trust between the parties involved, the two communities and the guarantor powers, has been further amplified following Crans-Montana.

By holding discussions with each side separately, anyone can see that there is a will to find a solution for reunification of Cyprus. Of course, there is a way of doing things to achieve this goal. Each side has its own road map.

After 43 years, some generations from the the two communities that have experienced the Turkish invasion and the partition of Cyprus have passed away. The newcomers see that period as “History”, and the images they have are blurry, since they are images that were passed on to them without them actually living through the experience.

Having been born 20 years after the end of the Second World War, I can understand the ignorance and the distancing from those events in the younger generations of Cypriots. The atrocities, the losses, the division, and even the fascism for many years, were of no concern to me, as far as the Great War is concerned.

The politicians, however, built careers on the memories of that war, and parties became stronger by exploiting the “ideological” division and populism. Politicians during the Second World War were incriminated several times in their career, for their father or grandfather, who chose to take one or the other side.

As Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias has mentioned many times in his speeches, “History can not be a jail but a school”. I will totally agree. History teaches us what we must avoid, not repeat, in order to draw a new path, with peace, security, growth and prosperity, for all.

The waves of civil war in Greece have affected the political life of the country for more than half a century. The invasion, the illegal occupation and the events that preceded July 1974 in Cyprus still affect the thought and policies of the island.

The confidence lost and suspicion concerning any compromise proposal to find a solution, are what impede the process from making that step forward that will give prospects for a united Cyprus of two communities and three minorities that coexist.

The dogmatism of many political parties from all the sides involved, their entrapment in the anchorages of the past, is inhibiting. They are compelling citizens to accept the solutions they would like, with the political benefits they would have, instead of letting the citizens decide for themselves on what they really want.

Policies are often opposed to society. And as time passes, this is also reflected in the electoral will of the citizens, with the “misgivings” for the special results, in the elections.

Has the time really come for the public to decide what they really want for their homeland?  Perhaps take initiatives to find a common place so they resolve suspicion and restore confidence among Cypriot residents.

How much more dangerous can this be from a solution imposed with political criteria and interests?/IBNA