Greece & Turkey articles

Wishful thinking, smooth operator and a first

  He solved it! Greek PM Alexis Tsipras is not considered an expert on Cyprob. I am pretty sure that he hasn’t followed the laborious and strikingly unsuccessful efforts throughout the years to achieve a settlement. After all, most “motherland” Greeks have done the same, in an effort to keep their sanity intact. Read full

Changing Turkey’s strategy on Cyprus

  By Levon Arakelian The International Conference on Cyprus is upon us. But I fear that the Greek Cypriot side is about to embark on negotiations with an interlocutor, Turkey, who believes that she has nothing to lose—and hence nothing to concede. Read full article at in-Cyprus.

Mature leadership needed

  The Conference on Cyprus reconvenes in the Swiss resort Crans-Montana next Wednesday. All sides involved know and acknowledge (publicly or privately) that the Swiss Conference will determine whether the political problem can be solved using the longstanding and sui generis model of bizonal-bicommunal federation or not. Read full article at in-cyprus.

Turkes held separate meetings with political parties

  Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (23.06.17) reports that Tugrul Turkes, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister responsible for Cypriot Affairs, held yesterday at the Turkish “embassy” to the occupied part of Nicosia separate meetings, which lasted five hours, with representatives of Turkish Cypriot political parties prior to the Cyprus Conference which will take place at Crans

Akinci: Only if the Greek side abandons the “zero troops, zero guarantees” position, negotiations will be possible

  Under the title “Akinci will meet with Erdogan and Yildirim”, Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (23.06.17) reports that Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci has alleged that holding negotiations during the talks which will start in Switzerland on 28 June will be possible only in case the Greek Cypriot and Greek side abandon the “zero