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Everything the same on the Cyprus front

15 5 4
Things have started coalescing even as confusion in the mind is intensifying. Two days of talks in Ankara and Istanbul among Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akıncı, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and other senior Turkish officials, including Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım, have revealed that there will be no major change in positions in the Cyprus talks. Why are Akıncı and the Turkish team preparing to go to Switzerland this week for the five-party Crans Montana Cyprus conference?

Was it indeed Akıncı who suggested, as a compromise, to limit Turkey’s guarantor status to the Turkish Cypriot state’s territory in the prospective federation? If so, why did Akıncı so easily step back during the last round of talks with Turkish leaders? The results of the Istanbul and Ankara talks can be summarized as such:

1) The 1960 guarantee scheme should remain intact.

2) Suggestions to limit Turkey’s guarantee to a certain zone of a federal Cyprus is unnegotiable. Continued attacks on Turkish Cypriots visiting Greek Cypriot areas, impunity accorded to criminals involved in such attacks and hardening ultranationalist sentiments among Greek Cypriots necessitate the continuation of the guarantee scheme for the very survival of a........

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