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 6: Greece and the Cyprus peace process: perceptions and misperceptions

Alexis Heraclides

Abstract

This chapter offers a critical survey of Greece’s role in the Cyprus peace process. It begins with a historical overview by emphasizing Greece’s positive role in five instances: 1959–63 (Zurich–London agreements period), 1964 (Acheson mediation), 1968–70 (first phase of the intercommunal talks), 1975–81 and 1999–2004 (Annan Plan). It then explores Greek misperceptions of the Cyprus problem and the role of Turkey (and of the Turkish Cypriots). Heraclides argues that a more constructive role by Greece in Cyprus’s peace process can only be achieved if it rests on an accurate knowledge of the Cyprus problem as it has evolved. The chapter concludes with how this can come about on the basis of Alexander Wendt’s ‘critical self-reflection’, which comprises two preconditions and four steps for change to occur.

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