Negotiating Space, Imagining Coexistence in Cyprus: Lessons from Malta

An article by Alfred Farrugia, former Maltese diplomat and ICAR Ph.D. candidate, in the Famagusta Gazette, addresses the structural ways in which conflict can be reduced in Cyprus following the Maltese political model.

The Parliamentary system in Malta has worked fairly well since the island gained its Independence from Britain in 1964. Perhaps the time has come for Cyprus to consider the possibility of moving from a Presidential system to a parliamentary system…

Cyprus needs a paradigm shift to reach a sustainable solution with the two communities represented in a single Cabinet of a united government. With EU membership, the Turkish Cypriots have a guarantee that the past mistakes will not be repeated again. The basic human needs of security, identity and recognition can be satisfied in a united Cyprus if the two communities really wish to live in peace with each other, as they did for generations….

Turkish Cypriots are likely to be in a better position to influence the decisions and developments in their own island if they unite with the Greek Cypriots in a parliamentary system. The carrot – and the stick – that they could have their own state when in fact the strings are pulled by a neighbouring country that has other interests, should have become abundantly clear by now.

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© Marc Gopin

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