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Is Crans-Montana the last chance for a federal Cyprus

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A settlement on Cyprus requires the two peoples of Cyprus, as well as Greece and Turkey, to put aside emotional and unrealistic designs, abandon utopias, hallucinations, dreams and concentrate on a power-sharing scheme between the “two equal constituent people” of the island.

Territorial adjustments, the property issue, refugees, external affairs, EU matters, and legal matters are all important aspects of the Cyprus problem. But some sort of deal on them will only be possible if the main problem, power-sharing, can be resolved.

One exceptional non-fundamental aspect which may have existential importance in the overall success of Cyprus peacemaking is the security dimension, or more clearly the fate of the 1960 guarantee system.

The Greek Cypriots, still suffering from the trauma of the 1974 Turkish intervention on Cyprus, have been demanding a termination of the Alliance Agreement under which Turkey, Greece and Britain have been guarantor powers for Cyprus with a right to stage unilateral interventions. Britain have two sovereign bases as part of the agreement, through which it ceded its colonial rule and the Cyprus Republic was established.

Greece also has special relations with the Greek Cypriots and can use all military facilities a la carte.


© Hürriyet Daily News