After decades of division,are Greek and Turkish Cypriots now on the brink of a deal?

The venue couldn’t be more neutral – or more resonant. Nicosia Airport is within the UN-supervised no man’s land that bisects the island, the dilapidated Trident jet on the tarmac a ghostly reminder that this once thriving eastern Mediterranean hub has been disused and out of bounds since the war of 1974.

An apt setting, therefore, for today’s summit meeting at which the President of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades, and his Turkish Cypriot counterpart, Mustafa Akinci, will try to advance the process of finally reunifying their divided country.

Will their efforts succeed where all the others have failed? And can they achieve a settlement acceptable to the Greek Cypriots, 72 per cent of whom rejected in a 2004 referendum the last concerted effort – the UN-sponsored Kofi Annan plan – to forge a new Cyprus from its two parts as a “bi-zonal, bi-communal federation”.

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  1. Yiangos StylianouYiangos Stylianou said:

    Im sorry but I have to disagree with how. How can you strike a deal with the TC when behind our backs and during the talks, they send letters to the UN talking about the legitimacy or the Republic of Cyprus. Also how can you make an agreement with someone who hasnt got the power to negotiate and relies on Turkey who will take the final decision.

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