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Cyprus, from New York to Geneva...

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05.06.2017
Eyes and ears were fixed over the weekend on what will come out of U.N. headquarters in New York. Would Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akıncı appear in front of the cameras with a face similar to the snapshot he gave to reporters at the last summit with former secretary-general Ban Ki-moon? Or would he smile this time? Would U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres succeed in patching up the duel of words between Akıncı and his Greek Cypriot counterpart Nikos Anastasiades over the agenda of a third round of resolution talks in Geneva?

Counterpart? Who is whose counterpart? That is one of the emerging elements of the decades-long struggle that Turkish Cypriots have been waging for the recognition of political equality of the two people of the island. Will Anastasiades finally agree to political equality? Will he say “Yes” to a rotating presidency and the effective participation of Turkish Cypriots in governance of the island?

The aim of the Greek Cypriot leader at the working dinner was to get clearance that in the Geneva round of the Cyprus five-party conferences, high on the agenda would be the 1960 guarantee scheme and how to put an end........

© Hürriyet Daily News