- The Washington Times - Monday, May 4, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

LETTER TO THE EDITOR:

Last week’s letter to the editor by Nick Larigakis (“Turkey is the problem,” April 30) amounts to wishful thinking, and it ignores the reality that the continued absence of a political settlement in Cyprus lies with the Greek Cypriots - not with Turkey. The problem would have been settled long ago had the Greek Cypriots accepted the plan put forth by former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan in 2004.

Mr. Annan, in a report to the Security Council, had this to say about the Greek Cypriot rejection: “The rejection of such a plan by the Greek Cypriot electorate is a major setback. What was rejected was the solution itself rather than a mere blueprint.” He also said: “If the Greek Cypriots are ready to share power and prosperity with the Turkish Cypriots in a federal structure based on political equality, this needs to be demonstrated, not just by word, but by action.”

There is no reason to look elsewhere for the continued impasse. The coalition parties that ruled the south of the island five years ago are still in power. In reality, it is the Greek Cypriot government that continues to drag its feet in the negotiations. It is the Greek Cypriot regime that continues to apply inhuman restrictions on the Turkish Cypriot population of the island. The world has spoken, and both the Turkish Cypriots and the Turkish government continue to support the Annan Plan.

TIMUR EDIB

President

Maryland American Turkish Association

Columbia, Md.

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