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Something rather odd is unfolding for the future of Turkish Cypriots on their homeland. Even though recent developments are often camouflaged as “promising,” indicating optimism for a quick resolution to the over half-decade-old Cyprus problem, what is actually on the menu is an unconditional surrender of Turkish Cypriots.

The British and Greek governments may have problems understanding why the Turkish government is not at all enthusiastic about the termination of the 1960 guarantee scheme. Was it not the Greek government of the time that demanded the guarantee system, with the backing of the British, compelling Turkey to accept the three-nation guarantor scheme for the 1960 Cyprus Republic? Why do the British and the Greeks want to give up their guarantor status for Cyprus today? Why are they also pushing Turkey to accept an end to the 1960 guarantee system?

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