Cyprus Talks: A Glance at the Current Status of Negotiations

Cyprus Talks: A Glance at the Current Status of Negotiations

For the past few decades, the island of Cyprus has been divided into Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot territories, with an established buffer zone in between, due to ongoing conflict between the two communities. Recently, negotiations have been underway to try and produce a permanent resolution to this longstanding issue. But what is the current status of these Cyprus Talks?

In 2017, a new United Nations (UN) effort was launched to try and resolve the Cyprus issue. The UN has been working with both the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders, as well as the three guarantor countries (Greece, Turkey, and the United Kingdom), to find a solution that is mutually acceptable to all parties involved.

Although some progress has been made, the Cyprus Talks have hit a few stumbling blocks. The talks have been plagued by disagreements on a number of issues, including the political structure of a united Cyprus, the distribution of power and wealth, and the presence of Turkish troops on the island. As a result, negotiations have stalled multiple times, with each side unwilling to make concessions in order to reach an agreement.

However, the most recent round of Cyprus Talks in April 2021, held in Geneva, Switzerland, has given some hope that a resolution could be reached. Both sides reportedly showed a greater willingness to compromise and make concessions, with Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades stating that „the conditions are better now than ever before.“

The talks focused on finding a mutually acceptable solution to the issue of territory, with a proposed exchange of land between the two communities. There were also discussions on the possibility of removing some or all Turkish troops from the island, a longstanding demand from the Greek Cypriot side.

Despite this progress, there are still hurdles to overcome. The negotiations have been complicated by the presence of outside parties, namely Turkey, which is seen as the main obstacle to a successful outcome. Turkey is pushing for a two-state solution rather than a reunification of the island, a position that is rejected by the Greek Cypriot side, as well as the international community.

In addition, there is still a significant amount of mistrust and hostility between the two communities, which has been fueled by decades of conflict and separation. Rebuilding trust and finding common ground will be a key challenge in moving forward.

Overall, the Cyprus Talks have made some progress in finding a resolution to the longstanding issue of division on the island. However, there is still a long way to go, with significant hurdles to overcome. The outcome of the talks will have a significant impact on the future of Cyprus and the wider region, and it is hoped that all parties involved will continue to work towards a peaceful and sustainable solution.

ACM Cyprus

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