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 12: Greek Cypriot approaches to the Cyprus problem

Michális S. Michael


In this chapter Michael canvasses the whole gambit of Greek Cypriot political approaches – both official and oppositional, across the core issues that constitute the Cyprus problem. The chapter covers approaches to federalism (evolutionary, ‘correct’, continuation of the Republic of Cyprus), the vexed question of security and guarantees (demilitarisation, a new security system, ‘the zero troops, zero guarantees’ mantra), settlers (humanitarian allowance, the political dimension of the demographic issue, ‘all settlers out of Cyprus’), territorial adjustments (rejection of delineations, maximum return, maximalist position), property and refugees (return of at least 100,000, recognition of property, onus on owners), freedoms (limited restrictions, no restrictions), and power-sharing and federal government (consociationalism, majoritarianism and libertarians).

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