AFTER a month’s break President Anastasiades and Mustafa Akinci meet again on Tuesday to resume negotiations which, according to those in the know, have been going extremely well. Both leaders seem determined to reach an agreement and have been working together to find solutions to problems that arise rather than digging in their heels and refusing to compromise. They do not see the negotiations as a zero-sum game but as a process that through constructive dialogue will lead to a win-win situation.
While the unprecedented, positive approach adopted by the leaders has created a sense of optimism among people on both sides of the dividing line, it has also mobilised the enemies of a compromise who have been methodically working on undermining the procedure and building opposition to it. There are people on both sides that fear their interests would be hurt by a deal and are being used in the anti-solution, propaganda war being waged by politicians and media.
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