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Espen Barth Eide, the U.N. secretary-general’s special Cyprus envoy, will soon be meeting the leaders of the two peoples of Cyprus, to explain that many years of United Nations-sponsored Cyprus talks may be leading to a humiliating failure, perhaps forcing an “embrace of the serpent.”

No one should expect Eide tell the story of the 2015 film by Ciro Guerra, the story of the relationship between Amazonian shaman Karamakate (the last survivor of his people) and two scientists who work together over 40 years to search the Amazon for a sacred healing plant. After all, hopes in the Cyprus talks, continuing since 1968, have almost been exhausted that there may one day be a federal Cyprus resolution allowing for the cohabitation of two politically equal co-founding people of the island, their embracing of each other, and their sharing of a federal government and state.

In his latest remarks, Greek Cypriot leader Nikos Anastasiades tried to explain that he was indeed looking for a just and lasting federal agreement, but the Turkish Cypriot side must understand that the expectations of the Greek Cypriot people must also be met in order to reach a sustainable settlement. What he said........

© Hürriyet Daily News