False optimism on the ongoing intercommunal talks in Cyprus?

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Athens – What does really happen in the intercommunal talks which are going on in Cyprus? The special Representative on Cyprus of the Secretary General of the United Nations, Espen Barth Eide gave an optimist note on the ongoing intercommunal talks, estimating that the talks could reach a positive conclusion by the end of the year and that the referendums on the plan of the expected solution could take place in March 2016.

The President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades reacted angrily on this irony prevision and expressed that the guessing of Mr Eide could be of some help. “ The important”, he said, “ is to work for a consensus on the major and difficult problems for solutions that would be acceptable to both communities”. The remark of the President sent a message to Mr Eide to abstain for one sided positions on the problem of Cyprus. It is not the first time that the Norwegian Representative avails himself the right to make propaganda for the Turkish positions and to cover up the existing problems, in the talks, cultivating an artificial optimism.

The new round of intercommunal talks began, following the agreement, on a joint communique on the 11th of February, 2014. The base of this communique seems formally clear, since it recognizes the three major principles that the Greek side puts forward as sine qua non: one sovereignty, one international recognition , one nationality. In reality, the acceptance of those principles by the other side is ambiguous. Introducing to those principles the bizonal federation and the equal status between the two parts, the meaning of the above principles into the opposite.

The socalled , bizonal  federation, as is understood and demanded by the Turkish side, is a pseudonym of the partition and the recognition and legitimization of the faits accomplis by the Turkish invasion and occupation.

The election of a new leader by the Turkish community, Mustafa Akintzi, who is much more moderate in comparison to his predecessor Mr Dervis Eroglou, gave hope that something better could happen and some progress could be achieved. Nevertheless , it is obvious that as more the talks move to the most substantial and difficult issues, as for example, control of territory and properties, application of the European acquis, abolition of foreign guarantees, withdrawal of the Turkish occupation troops, the more the difficulties increase and the optimism is waning.


Turkey did not change policy on Cyprus.

The Turkish- Cypriot leader, who presents also himself as “ President” of the illegal Turkish- Cypriot “state”, which has been declared in the occupied part of Cyprus since 1983, and is recognized only by Turkey, has no any authority on the 38.000 Turkish occupation troops as well as on the Turkish- Cypriot “ Police” force. The last is considered as a paramilitary security force and is under the command of the Turkish occupation troops.

How is possible for a Turkish- Cypriot leader to negotiate, for example, the occupied territory or any other major issue as the withdrawal of the  Turkish troops? The intercommunal talks are very convenient for Ankara in order to stay out of the negotiation, behind the scenes, and to present the conflict of Cyprus as an intercommunal conflict and not a problem of invasion and occupation.