Cyprus Settlement: Analogies from Indian Subcontinent
Foreign Policy, Vol. 26, No. 1-2 (2001), pp 38-47
Despite the resumption of UN proximity talks on Cyprus in December 1999, the Turkish and Greek Cypriot leaders remain poles apart insofar as their respective perceptions, policies and approaches regarding political settlement of the Cyprus issue are concerned. They have put forward fundamentally different proposals on the table: Turkish Cypriot proposal of Confederation versus Greek Cypriot proposal of Federation. Successive rounds of the proximity talks have failed even to bring leaders of the two Cypriot nations face-to-face on the negotiating table. It is uncertain whether future rounds of these talks will enable the two sides to bridge their diverging paths. The most appropriate way to break the decades-long impasse over Cyprus is to recognize the existing realities on the island. Since 1963, the new generations of Turkish Cypriots and Greek Cypriots have lived in a bitter climate. Therefore, any international bid to bring them together again, or any UN effort to revive the 1960 experience, will only be counter-productive. Since 1974, there has been peace in Cyprus. Full Text

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