OPINION

The day after…

There are only a few days left until the crucial referenda in both communities on Cyprus, and as the tension and discord between the two sides – the rival «yes» and «no» camps – begins to escalate, both on the social level and between political leaders, the real interest and concern has now shifted to the «day after» the referenda and to speculation about the extent to which people who have struggled so that their «correct» opinion may prevail will be able to deal with the inevitable problems they will have to face whether the ultimate decision is a «yes» or a «no.» And although it may be true that the pressure being exerted upon the Cypriot electorate by international mediators and various «advisers» – along with a campaign to promote the positive consequences of adopting the United Nations reunification plan – has undoubtedly influenced voters from both sides, commentators are now noting that the «day after» will actually prove to be extremely problematic for the Greek Cypriots. Indeed, this period will be a real test of balances of power and compromises, governmental operations and alliances. The internal cohesion of Cypriot political parties – particularly those who have alienated many by lobbying for a «yes» vote to Annan’s plan – will undergo a similar test…