From Mr George Hatjoullis.

Sir, Tony Barber suggests that the eurozone use the opportunity of the debt crisis to “encourage” the Greek Cypriots to revisit and accept the Annan plan (“Cypriot crisis creates one last chance to reunify the island”, February 19). Perhaps blackmail would be a better word. What would have been the response in Ireland had the same eurozone tried to use the debt crisis to influence the Irish problem, or indeed if it were to try to impose a solution on the Catalan problem in Spain or the Flemish problem in Belgium?

The eurozone of necessity requires some compromise of fiscal sovereignty but to my knowledge the Treaty of Nice still respects the political sovereignty of eurozone and EU states. The political sovereignty of the Republic of Cyprus is no less deserving of respect.

George Hatjoullis, London NW11, UK

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