Our past and the wealth of our history, is rich with narratives of war, hatred and division.
The paradox of conflict - is that without it, one cannot comprehend the violent, barbaric, extremist, arrogant and egocentric nature of the mankind. Often times- the most humiliating, corrupted and inhumane moments of our history, have served as moments- springboards and foundations for new hopeful and humane beginnings. European Union was established on the same vision and principle. The United Nations and the peacebuilding movements were generated as a result and a reaction against such realizations. Realizations of human stupidity and capability of atrocities.
Tomorrow- Turkish Cypriots are called to make a significant decision. Maybe the last chance of such a decision in our generation. A decision to either sustain separation and conflict- or the give a chance to the last window of opportunity towards a future that is detached from divisive politics and illusions of our past.
Greek Cypriots will soon have to face the same dilemma
My hope? The response to Famagusta's barbaric events and tomorrow elections become a milestone of a new, hopeful beginning. Away from chauvinist narratives that sustain division and feed real estate laundering, corruption and separation politics across Cyprus. I am optimist in nature- and place all my wishes for a future that is build on Humanity and our potential. Without being ignorant- but with strong memories of our past. I hope tomorrow will be a milestone of a new beginning- and wish to host all CY peacebuilding forces in Japan- during the 2020ne Games- for new beginnings. Start from Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Fukishima and back to Tsukuba- to reflect- introspect and plan for the next the steps. The vision we deserve...
So will tomorrow be a window of opportunity....or κάτσε γάρε ψόφα?
An opportunity to transform Cyprus as a hub of hope- peacebuilding and prosperity vs the opposite.