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Hope Springs Eternal? Prospects for a Durable Settlement in Cyprus
"I want to tell Greek and Turkish Cypriots that we should unite and look at the prospects of independence, of true independence and integrity of the Republic of Cyprus as an EU member state which ensures the rights of all", Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades said soon after the failure of the latest round of UN-sponsored talks to resolve the dispute between the country's two communities and erase the island's territorial divisions.
How realistic is the prospect of a settlement now? And what can be done to continue driving the talks through, regardless of the enduring difficulties?
Mehmet Ogutcu is chair of the Global Resources Partnership, a UK strategic advisory group. He also sits on the boards of Genel Energy plc and Sisecam Group; serves as Special Envoy of The Energy Charter for the MENA Region; and Chair of The Bosphorus Energy Club, an exclusive gathering of the senior executives and leaders in finance, energy and politics across the world.
Dr James Ker-Lindsay is Senior Research Fellow at the European Institute, London School of Economics. His research focuses on EU enlargement in the Balkans and Turkey; and on questions of secession and state recognition in international politics. He has written books on regional peace processes, including the efforts to reunify Cyprus and Greek-Turkish rapprochement.
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