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Cyprus federation hopes are dead

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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.

Cyprus talks were crushed at Crans-Montana not only because of differences over when and how Turkey would pull back its troops, but also over when the 1960 guarantee system would be terminated and replaced with a multinational one. From property to territory, power sharing, EU affairs and trade to the resettlement of a number of Greek Cypriots in the northern Turkish Cypriot territory, there were more than 150 serious contentious headings in all six chapters of the Cyprus negotiation process. Yet, should the Greek Cypriot-Greece side have developed a political will like the Turkish Cypriot-Turkey side, a settlement of compromise could have been within reach.

Agreeing to a rotational presidency, for example, was one condition the Turkish side succumbed to over all other Greek Cypriot demands, including the full withdrawal of troops within 18 months was not a position naturally conducive to a resolution. How could a Greek Cypriot leader refuse in all adamancy, in acknowledging the importance of a continued Turkish guarantee and military presence on the island for Turkish Cypriots? Particularly, a Greek leader who was the chairman of........

© Hürriyet Daily News