Pundits protest

In confident certainty – as always – of the truth they have been «teaching» over the past eight years, PASOK’s fanatical «reformists,» who had fervently supported the Annan plan, now appear to be extremely angry. The fact that 76 percent of Greek Cypriots voted against the UN plan does not seem to move them. The point, as far as they are concerned, is that our Cypriot brothers voting last Saturday had not grasped the value of arguments for a «yes» vote. One of the most irate was a former PASOK minister – one of the most garrulous and self-assured – who appeared on television on Sunday preaching about what he described as the extremely negative consequences of a «no» vote. And of course, the minister in question did not deign to discuss the possibility that the Greek Cypriots considered their own interests before voting against the plan. For this «yes» fanatic, the 76 percent «no» vote was nothing more than the result of a collective inability to understand the greatness of his own refined political teaching… Meanwhile, Greek Cypriots who rejected the UN plan had taken something into account: They realized that the plan – with its long transitional periods for «settling» matters, such as refugee returns – was linked to Turkey’s eventual EU accession…

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