by Upstate NY
Tue Sep 20th, 2005 at 03:27:11 PM EST
promoted by Jerome. I was going to make a comment that the title was no longer appropriate, as the EU had finally agreed to a common declaration outlining some ground rules for the negotations with Turkey (making recognition of Cyprus a prerequisite and requesting that it take place as soon as possible). But it now appears that the declaration has been withheld today, as Cyprus is apparently still asking for a firm deadline for such recognition, with a review of the topic in 2006. So, back to "elusive"...
Don't hold your breath
I was looking for an open thread to post this since I don't have extensive comments. However, a diary will do. At the UN meetings in NY, Annan, the Cyprus Pres and the Turkish PM have met a few times. From this article it is obvious that they are decades away from a solution. The two countries disagree on the most basic elements of a solution. Never mind the particulars such as property rights, freedom of movement and the occupation army, they disagree on the basic structure of a new country.
Even as someone who follows all news on the Cyprus problem, I was very perplexed by this. While the two sides were close to agreeing on the Annan Plan (5 different Annan plans set the structural parameters for union over the last 5 years) this talk by both sides seems to diverge from any semblance of agreement. Maybe this is talk for domestic consumption? But usually the opposite happens at the UN. International platitudes are spoken whether one believes them or not.
Update: Just as an FYI, the Cyprus solution I refer to in this diary relates to negotiations over the unification of Cyprus. That seems more elusive than it has in a long time. The customs union discussions in Brussels right now are quite another story. Agreement, after much wrangling, seems very possible. Cyprus had asked for recognition prior to negotiations and has since come off that. The UK insisted that Ankara not be required to implement the customs union with regard to Cyprus, and they have come off that. There are other little details that need further address. I expect it will happen.
Another Update: the link to the original article is gone. In the original article, Turkish PM Erdogan told Annan and Cypriot Pres. Papadapoulos that the only Cyprus solution acceptable to Turkey is a two-state solution with only a figurehead nominal union. This is not the Greek Cypriots vision at all. That was the essence of the article I linked to. Essentially, they are farther apart than they were in Annan 1, Annan 2, Annan 3, Annan 4, Annan 5. In fact, quite perversely, the more that Greeks and Turks talk about Cyprus, the further apart they are on the particulars. It's perverse.