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Unite Cyprus Now: It’s Now or Never

Both  sides of the political divide in Cyprus (Greek and Turkish) have renewed efforts to reunite the island more than 40 years after the island was divided along ethnic lines in 1974 when Turkish troops invaded after supporters of union with Greece led a failed coup d’état.  THE FANATICS won and lot of people died from both sides. A lot of bodies have not been identified yet.

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Credit: Eyes on Europe and the Middle East

Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci met in the Swiss Alpine resort of Crans-Montana, joined by senior UN and European Union officials and the foreign ministers of Greece and Turkey.

“We came here for a solution. This problem, which has been continuing for 50 years, should now be resolved,” Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said at the closed meeting, according to Hurriyet Daily News (Turkey)

Meanwhile, a big number of Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots sent a message of reunification in Cyprus on Wednesday night. Members of 100 or more parties, unions and ordinary Cypriots as well assembled in the buffer zone cutting through Ledra Street in Nicosia, the divided capital of the island, as the Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders, Greece, Turkey and the UK, were holding a conference in Geneva in a bid to settle the decades-old problem.

The demonstrators held flags that read ‘Peace’ and placards saying ’50 years of failed negotiations. Solve it now’ and ‘#unitecyprusnow.

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Dans la station alpine suisse de Crans-Montana, les négociations pour la réunification de l’île méditerranéenne de Chypre ont été relancées. Chypriotes grecs et turcs ont repris mercredi leurs négociations en Suisse dans une atmosphère “constructive”, a constaté le médiateur de l’ONU, qui juge qu’une réunification de l’île divisée depuis plus de 40 ans “n’est pas hors de portée”. Chypre est actuellement divisée par une ‘ligne verte’, contrôlée par les Casques bleus de l’ONU.

Entre-temps, un grand nombre de Chypriotes grecs et des Chypriotes turcs a envoyé un message de réunification à Chypre dans la nuit de mercredi à jeudi. Les membres de 100 voire plus de partis , unions-syndicats et des citoyens Chypriotes ordinaires se sont aussi réunis autour de la zone tampon sur la Rue Ledras à Nicosie, la capitale de l’île toujours divisé. En même temps, les leaders chypriotes grecs et turcs, la Grèce, la Turquie et le Royaume-Uni, tenaient une conférence à Genève en vue de régler ce problème qui date déjà des plusieurs décennies.

Actuellement, les trois «garants» de la sécurité de l’île – Turquie, Grèce et Grande-Bretagne, ex-puissance coloniale – conservent le droit d’intervenir militairement. Mais Nicosie, soutenue par Athènes, réclame le retrait de tous les soldats turcs, ce que refusent les Chypriotes turcs.

Selon Libération qui évoque une source diplomatique, la Turquie serait prête à réduire de 80% sa présence militaire.

Les manifestants tenaient  des drapeaux et des banderoles sur lesquels on pouvait lire #unitecyprusnow #Peace ou encore “50 ans des négociations ratées. Trouvez-nous une solution maintenant!”

Independent Opinion-Analysis: The collapse of the negotiations in Cyprus, the US threats and the background role of Russia and Greece

Original Source: Dances with Bears  of John Helmer

In the dark of Monday night before light broke on Tuesday, Cyprus, the small Mediterranean island invaded and occupied for 42 years  by Turkish troops with US and UK backing,  began a revolution its president, Nicos Anastasiades ,  doesn’t want.

The collapse of negotiations between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities, arranged by United Nations (UN) officials at the Swiss resort of Mont Pèlerin, was confirmed by a UN communique issued at 1:30 in the morning. “They have not been able to achieve the necessary further convergences on criteria for territorial adjustment that would have paved the way for the last phase of the talks,” the bulletin announced.  “The two sides have decided to return to Cyprus and reflect on the way forward.”

“The Americans, the Turks, the European Union, and the British were sure there’s no deal  Anastasiades could not be persuaded to accept,” said a senior Cyprus official,  now retired,  “so long as there’s  a large enough percentage in it for himself. Anastasiades’s weakness is his personal corruption. This time, though, the Turks raised their bid too high. The Americans lost their cards in their election on November 8. The British aren’t players in Europe now. And for the first time there was a display of Greek and Russian power which has changed the game entirely. Greece first, then Russia have cut the legs off the negotiating table – Anastasiades’s legs too.” Continue reading Independent Opinion-Analysis: The collapse of the negotiations in Cyprus, the US threats and the background role of Russia and Greece