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 16: Between the ‘feasible’ and the ‘desirable’

Dimitris Christofias

Abstract

The contribution of Dimitris Christofias, former Greek Cypriot President of the Republic of Cyprus and communist leader of AKEL, is underpinned by the Makarios dialectical logic of what is ‘feasible’ does not necessarily mean it is ‘desirable’. He reflects on the Turkish Cypriots’ positions and approaches on guarantees and supports a new security system for Cyprus bereft of the colonial shackles that characterised the 1960 regime. He views the transition to a Bizonal Bicommunal Federation (BBF) as a historical evolution of the Republic of Cyprus, and notes that disagreement with the Turkish Cypriots over the issue of property is based on their insistence on retaining an ethno-homogeneous majority in their constituent state. Finally, he explains the reason why AKEL rejected the Annan plan at the 2004 referendum, which has caused much angst in its traditional relations with progressive and left-leaning Turkish Cypriots.

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