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As Crans Montana gets underway

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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. The presence of the Turkish, Greek and British foreign ministers, as well as the observer EU’s Frans Timmermans and Federica Mogherini might help increase expectations, but the prospects of success are rather dim.

According to pundits from both sides of the Cyprus division as well as many Cyprus watchers all around the globe, this might be the last effort for a federal resolution. What if it failed, what will be the likely outcome? Will the world forget about imposing a “marriage of convenience” for the two Cypriot communities that have earnestly been insisting for the past more than half century to not come together? Could this exercise indeed be the last effort to establish a bi-zonal and bi-communal federation on Cyprus? Or, as it has become the fashion, will we see a rehash of the same failed experiment in five to 10 years’ time with some fresh hopes? Can the two people of Cyprus get a velvet divorce, a separation on the basis of mutually agreed terms, producing two........

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