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 5: The Turkish Cypriot dilemma: between Ankara and Lefkosia

Yücel Vural, Sertaç Sonan and Michális S. Michael

Abstract

This chapter examines the dual relationship that the Turkish Cypriot community maintains with the two significant actors of the Cyprus dispute – namely Turkey and the Greek Cypriot community – and argues that the Turkish Cypriot community has been grappling with the dilemma of how to maintain its identity through this binary juxtaposition. Numerically, politically, economically and militarily weaker, as well as internationally isolated, the Turkish Cypriots have always viewed Ankara as its protector against Greek Cypriot hegemony. Yet, growing dependence on Turkey, as it has turned out, posed an equally severe existential threat on its identity, making reaching an accommodation with the Greek Cypriots an urgent necessity. The discrepancy created by the conflicting and insurmountable demands imposed by Turkey and the Greek Cypriots constitutes the very core of the Turkish Cypriot dilemma.

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