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Two states in the EU

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Everyone has an idea about the intractability of the Cyprus problem as well as the need to find a resolution for it. What kind of settlement should the island have? More than 50 years of intercommunal talks have failed many times in many attempts to resolve the problem.

Once upon a time, the discussion was to give Turkish Cypriots some autonomous rights without disrupting the effectiveness of governance. That exercise failed with Greek Cypriot objections. For some time a “cantonal resolution” was considered. That faltered as well. The Acheson plans and such bids devised by the Americans and the British for a partition of the island could not be found acceptable either. Since 1975, the two sides, under the auspices of the goodwill mission of the United Nations Secretary-General were negotiating how to forge a federal Cyprus. In 2004, a UN-negotiated federation plan was flatly turned down by Greek Cypriots at a referendum. Turkish Cypriots accepted that plan, yet there are two needed to tango and there was no partner. Renewed efforts and a Turkish Cypriot president full of empathy toward Greek Cypriot feelings did not work either. This last federation bid hit the rocks again with Greek Cypriots delivering yet another “oxi” (no).

The last exercise was a futile........

© Hürriyet Daily News