WHAT SOLUTION FOR CYPRUS? (by Andreas Theophanous). Despite years of intercommunal negotiations and repeated efforts by the international community the Cyprus problem remains unresolved. The overwhelming presence of Turkish troops on the island since 1974 and Ankara’s objective to strategically control Cyprus continue to be the most important factors shaping developments. … MORE

THE LAUNCH OF NEW INTERCOMMUNAL TALKS: A REALITY CHECK (by Tozun Bahcheli). It is understandable that any new initiative to settle the long-standing Cyprus dispute will arouse expectations and sanguinity in various quarters on the island and beyond. There appear to be numerous promising indicators. After months of deliberations, the Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders have … MORE

CYPRUS SOLUTION? A SWOT ANALYSIS (by Michalis Attalides). A number of actors and observers are expressing the view that the time could be ripe for the negotiations now beginning to succeed, and solve the Cyprus problem, yet in the situation there are not only strengths, and opportunities, but also weaknesses and threats. Here is an attempt to list some of them: … MORE

NO HEGEMONIC PEACE IN CYPRUS (by Marios L. Evriviades). Almost forty years to the date, the Turks finally figured out that they had invaded the wrong geographic region of Cyprus. Cyprus’s power wealth, its hydrocarbons, have been found to be located in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) off its  southern shores and not in its northern ones, where the NATO-trained and US-supplied … MORE

CAN THE DISCOVERY OF NATURAL GAS INDUCE A SETTLEMENT IN CYPRUS? (by Ayla Gürel). UN-sponsored inter-communal negotiations aimed at resolving the anomalous political situation in Cyprus have been going on intermittently for over four decades. The latest hiatus of about two years ended when the talks resumed last month (February 2014) once more giving rise … MORE

THE CURRENT NEGOTIATIONS ARE NOT ABOUT THE INTERESTS OF GREEK AND TURKISH CYPRIOTS (by Aris Petasis). The current negotiations on the Cyprus problem were initiated by three foreign governments for their own benefit and not out of concern for the democratic rights of the people of Cyprus (Greek and Turkish Cypriots–G/T-C)  Negotiations were kick-started by the British … MORE