Cyprus and the Roadmap for Peace
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Cyprus and the Roadmap for Peace

A Critical Interrogation of the Conflict

Edited by Michális S. Michael and Yücel Vural

While 2017 offered much ground for optimism in resolving the longstanding ‘Cyprus problem’, a closer inspection of the differences experienced reveals the complex difficulties that surround the conflict. The impasse introduced a short-lived confidence that concealed the contradictory combustion of a ‘frozen’/dormant conflict. Despite intense high-level negotiations, a way forward has proved elusive, while local constituency expectations are challenging their leaders for control over both process and outcome. This dilemma lies at the heart of this edited volume.
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Chapter 3: What does Turkey want from Cyprus?

Altuğ Günal


In this chapter Günal examines why Cyprus is important to Turkey and what it expects from any final outcome. In doing so, the chapter explores, and questions, the geopolitical/strategic importance of Cyprus to Turkey and Turkey’s expectations from the Turkish Cypriots, and looks at how Turkish actors view the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (whether as a military base, colony, friendly state, or one nation in two states). Finally, Günal ponders how Turkey views the final status of Cyprus and how it goes about achieving its vision (recognition, annexation, re-unification, federation, dependence), as well as Cypriot and international reaction to Turkish designs.

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