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Difficulty of a Cyprus deal

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At the front door of a five-star Ankara hotel, the ambassador of a not-so-big but influential Western country grabbed my arm with one hand and in a clear voice whispered into my ear: “You might be wrong… This time there might be a Cyprus deal. I want to believe so.”

So do I, and probably most Turkish Cypriots and a segment of the Greek Cypriot community also want this. A settlement might provide such huge benefits to the island, as well as to Greece and Turkey and set an exemplary model of how a multicultural, multiethnic and a multilingual problem with a long history of enmities might be resolved. It is of course important to underline the huge economic benefit a Cyprus deal might unleash. Although most people express hope of what a great contribution the offshore hydrocarbon riches would provide to the economies of both two constituent states and the federal republic should the two people of the island ever reach a deal, but the potential might be far greater than that. Alone, Turkey might provide post-settlement Cyprus a market of 80 plus million people, energizing the trade sector and turning........

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