Magazine article Europe-East

Eu/cyprus: Greek and Turkish Cypriots Sticking to Their Positions

Magazine article Europe-East

Eu/cyprus: Greek and Turkish Cypriots Sticking to Their Positions

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Designed to lead to an agreement before May 1 to permit the entry of a reunified island into the European Union, intra-Cypriot negotiations appear to be deadlocked following the sixth round of talks in Nicosia on March 1. Turkish Cypriot leader Raouf Denktash has indicated that Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos has rejected all the proposals tabled by Turkish Cypriot negotiators. Greek Cypriots have meanwhile accused the other side of sticking inflexibly to its positions and of tabling proposals outside of the framework of the United Nations Peace Plan for the reunification of the island. Greece has meanwhile indicated that it would like to see the two sides reach a settlement before May 1 but that an agreement might yet be possible at some later date if negotiations were to stall.

The amendments proposed by Turkish Cypriot negotiators to the UN plan for the reunification of Cyprus have all been rejected by Greek Cypriots, according to Raouf Denktash. These modifications notably concern an enhancement of bi-zonality and the sovereignty of the two Cypriot communities following its reunification, and a Federation after the Swiss model. Without providing further details as to its content, Mr Denktash has indicated that Greek negotiators have tabled a twenty-page document on changes to the UN plan. Turkish negotiators are currently studying this document and plan to offer a response in the coming days.

Meanwhile, Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos, whilst acknowledging that UN representatives and the United States have a right to comment on proceedings, has warned against the possible boomerang effect of declarations having the opposite effect to that anticipated. …

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