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Dimitris Christofias

The contribution of Dimitris Christofias, former Greek Cypriot President of the Republic of Cyprus and communist leader of AKEL, is underpinned by the Makarios dialectical logic of what is ‘feasible’ does not necessarily mean it is ‘desirable’. He reflects on the Turkish Cypriots’ positions and approaches on guarantees and supports a new security system for Cyprus bereft of the colonial shackles that characterised the 1960 regime. He views the transition to a Bizonal Bicommunal Federation (BBF) as a historical evolution of the Republic of Cyprus, and notes that disagreement with the Turkish Cypriots over the issue of property is based on their insistence on retaining an ethno-homogeneous majority in their constituent state. Finally, he explains the reason why AKEL rejected the Annan plan at the 2004 referendum, which has caused much angst in its traditional relations with progressive and left-leaning Turkish Cypriots.