The Cyprus Problem has dragged on for too long and this prolongation has created a number of faits accomplis which have made the solution more complicated.
Throughout these 41 years, Ankara had encouraged Turkish-Cypriot intransigence and has not played a constructive role toward a resolution of the problem within the already agreed framework of a bizonal, bicommunal federation, with a single sovereignty, single international personality and single citizenship.
During the period of Mehmet Ali Talat in the leadership of the Turkish Cypriot community and now with Mustafa Akinci at the helm, a Cypriot owned process has been agreed, which has clearly nurtured a more positive climate during the negotiations and a feeling that indeed a common compass towards the settlement is being sought.
Nevertheless, the key to the solution of the Cyprus Question continues to remain in Ankara and therefore Turkey’s attempt to influence or even dictate its position on all the core issues of the negotiations, is of critical importance, particularly on the issue of security, guarantees and territory, given the illegal military occupation of nearly 37% of Cyprus’s territory.
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