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Tuesday, September 13 2011 , Your time is 15:58:00
The Church of Cyprus has a definitely far limited clout on politics compared to the Makarios period when the Archbishop was the “national leader” and the president of the state at the same time.
U.N. Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide will be presenting the Security Council an assessment of the past two years of the Cyprus peacemaking efforts, which ended last week in Crans-Montana with a crash landing. What will he say?
As long as the Greek Cypriots believe the island only belongs to them and the Turkish Cypriot people are a minority (that might be accorded a special status with some privileged rights), there can never be a bi-zonal or bi-communal federal settlement that the two sides have agreed to establish in principle back in 1977. We must confess it: The hope for a Cyprus federation died at Crans-Montana
At the beginning of the Crans-Montana summit on Cyprus, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres provided the process with a golden touch, asking the two sides to prepare packages answering all six chapters of a probable Cyprus compromise deal.
Metin Münir has been a liberal, a very libertarian writer. He was one of the former editors of the Hürriyet Daily News.
A resolution cannot be an easy task. Some 50 years of intercommunal talks underscore what an uphill road might be ahead for all those who flocked to the Swiss winter resort town of Crans-Montana for the Cyprus conference.
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterresis is expected to preside over a key session of the Cyprus conference at the Le Régent Congress Centre in Crans-Montana, Switzerland on June 30, where the answers of the two sides on the island and the three guarantor powers to three questions posed by a senior U.N. executive will be discussed.
Early this morning, the leaders of the two peoples of Cyprus and representatives of the three guarantor powers - Turkey, Greece and Britain - will come together for the last effort to try to forge a federal resolution for the Cyprus problem in accordance with the 1977 and 1979 high level agreements
Things have started coalescing even as confusion in the mind is intensifying. Two days of talks in Ankara and Istanbul among Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akıncı, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and other senior Turkish officials, including Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım, have revealed that there will be no major change in positions in the Cyprus talks.
A settlement on Cyprus requires the two peoples of Cyprus, as well as Greece and Turkey, to put aside emotional and unrealistic designs, abandon utopias, hallucinations, dreams and concentrate on a power-sharing scheme between the “two equal constituent people” of the island.
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