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 11: The EU’s role in the Cyprus conflict: a Turkish perspective

Erhan İçener

Abstract

This chapter analyses the limitation and potential role of the European Union (EU) in the Cyprus conflict from a Turkish (Turkey and Turkish Cypriot) perspective. The inclusion of the EU in the parameters of the United Nations (UN)-led Cyprus peace process was expected to contribute to long-lasting efforts of resolving the Cyprus problem. Rejection of the UN peace plan by the Greek Cypriots in 2004 and the accession of a divided Cyprus into the EU confounded these expectations. The experience of a Greek Cypriot-led Republic of Cyprus as an EU member state for over a decade has not produced a political solution to the conflict. Contrary to earlier expectations, some Turks argue that Cyprus’s accession to the EU without a solution, opened the way for considerations that partition could be an option for a lasting peace.

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