History should temper any optimism

History should temper any optimism

Sometimes History makes unexpected turns. Who would have imagined in 2004, after the rejection of the UN plan for the solution of the Cyprus problem that the two communities some ten years later would choose as their leaders Nicos Anastasiades and Mustafa Akinci, two men who have made a solution of the Cyprus problem the goal of their political career?

However, it is not the first time the two sides have pro-solution leaders in power simultaneously. In 2008 the UN decided, after careful consideration, to restart the negotiations for the reunification of the island, as the newly elected president of the Republic of Cyprus, Demetris Christofias, the leader of a staunchly pro-solution party, would have as his counterpart Mehmet Ali Talat, with the same credentials. After three years of talks their effort failed, Talat being replaced by Dervis Eroglu, leader of a party which supported a confederation and minimal power sharing with the Greek Cypriots.

What lessons can be drawn from the half century-long history of UN-sponsored negotiations?……..

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