OPINION

Historical responsibility

The current developments unfolding in the island republic of Cyprus demonstrate how destructive political leaders who buckle under the weight of political cost and hide behind inactivity can be.

The Cypriot political leadership had been fully aware of the major problems that the country was facing for the last year.

Nevertheless, former President Dimitris Christofias opted to deflect attention away from the mounting issues and to postpone reaching any kind of decision until the end of his political mandate.

As a result of this strategy, Cyprus reached the current dead end completely defenseless.

Had Christofias taken the necessary measures in time and shown the kind of responsibility required during such a situation, the country’s credibility in the eyes of the world would be very different today and the problem would be manageable.

Although Christofias avoided appearing unpleasant to voters by behaving that way, that does not reduce the size of his historic responsibility.