What next for Cyprus?

What are the options for Cyprus after negotiations, yet again, failed to bring any resolution to the 50 years old Cyprus problem?

The failure of the Cyprus talks in Crans-Montana emphasised the Greek Cypriots’ distaste for power sharing with the Turkish Cypriots in a new federated state. Essentially, Turkey called President Anastasiades’ bluff when it agreed to an immediate massive withdrawal of troops, writes Turkish Cypriot journalist Yusuf Kanli in his column for Turkish daily ‘Hurriyet’.

He writes that:

“Turkey agreed to a massive immediate withdrawal of its troops after a settlement and to renegotiate the future of the guarantee scheme and its remaining 650 soldiers on the island. It was so unfortunate for Anastasiades, but after all these details started to leak out, he started to have difficulty in explaining why indeed he obstructed a deal at Crans-Montana.

“The only other option for a Cyprus deal might indeed be the option for two states in the European Union, which indeed would be an effective confederation as all Cypriots would enjoy the so-called four freedoms. There would be no guarantor status for Turkey, neither would there be any troops in the Greek Cypriot state and the accord with Turkey and Turkish military presence would only be the problem of the Turkish Cypriot state.

“As was said in a recent ‘Cyprus Mail’ article, perhaps the “time has come to think of the unthinkable” and walk the road of a real and sustainable resolution of the Cyprus problem in a manner that might turn the island into a rich heaven on earth, as a deal would best help the utilization of the hydrocarbon prospects as well.”

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