Cyprus Negotiations – A failed start to pointless talks

A Comment about the Cyprus negotiations:

A failed start to pointless talks


Eroglu_Anastasiades_2This interesting comment about the ongoing negotiations between North Cyprus and South Cyprus I found today in the Greek Cypriot “Cyprus Mail”:

It is very difficult to say what is actually going on, if anything, at the Cyprus talks. Monday’s long meeting between President Anastasiades and Dervis Eroglu, which was supposed to have cleared things up, added to the general confusion, giving the impression that the two sides are on a different wavelength, each pursuing its own agenda regardless.

The funny thing was that meetings of the two leaders were supposed to help the talks move along at a faster pace, clearing the way for the negotiators to make real progress. If the statements that followed Monday’s meeting were anything to go by, the exact opposite has been achieved, the two leaders introducing new areas of disagreement, both in relation to procedure and substance.

As we depend on the information given out selectively by both sides we cannot reach any safe conclusions, especially as what we hear regularly changes. To start with, it was reported that Eroglu rejected the Talat-Christofias convergences and wanted the talks to start from scratch. But did Anastasiades accept the convergences? Not all of them, because on Monday he expressed his opposition to the rotating presidency and reportedly made a ‘president and vice-president’ proposal that was unacceptable to Eroglu.

Then there is the issue of the procedure, with Anastasiades demanding the submission of proposals on all chapters of the Cyprus problem including territory and security and Eroglu refusing to do so. Without this being done it is not possible to move to the third phase of the process which is supposed to be the ‘give and take’ negotiations, at which stage the settlement would supposedly be finalised.

But it does not appear like the third phase will arrive any time soon as the two sides have agreed on more time-consuming issues such as the return to the idea of the technical committees. Apparently, a committee would now be set up to discuss issues relating to the EU, which had to be agreed in the past and are not an issue because the European Commission has made it clear it would accept anything the two sides agreed.

The problem, however, is that the two sides do not seem prepared to agree on anything, which was why they were back at their default position – the blame game – in the last few days. How many more times do we have to hear about the Greek Cypriots ignoring the facts on the ground and Turkish Cypriots being intransigent? Many more, we are afraid, because, as we all know, both sides have acquired an expertise in failed negotiations.

Source: Cyprus Mail

6 replies »

  1. Regarding the Re-unification of Cyprus, I personally think that it will never happen, and seeing how the North is doing and the mess the the South are in, I think the North are better off on their own. If the North get their own water from Turkey and could find Gas or Oil, they wouldn’t need anyone else. Good Luck to the North. Richard Chamberlain

  2. UKRAINE has placed the Cyprus problem on the back burner again. The Russian support in the ROC bailout has given them an extra devious strength to resurrect old issues which may have been previously seen as convergence, is now divergence. The Energy emergence is more of an obstacle to settlement as others have commented.
    Perhaps Mr Anastasiades might wish to remind himself about the 1960 constitution and Makarios demand in 1963 for majority rule and the resulting outcome. A democracy must be seen to have trusted value for all members of society. What is wrong with a rotating presidency? It could achieve a trust and eliminate the feeling that The Greek administration has no desire to dominate but only Govern and ensure that there is no area where any member of the society are disadvantaged. What is wrong with a federal solution with free trade, travel and agreed areas of sensible common administrative and economic policy.
    It is most regrettable at this state that the negotiators appear to be taking retrograde steps. It proves that outside professional negotiators would be of benefit to demand of each side their individual objections to proposals by the other side and/or describe in detail the benefits of those submitted for consideration.
    My view is that nothing will emerge without a realisation of the true cause of this problem in the first place and an admission by both sides of the wrong doings. The past cannot be forgotten but the future depends on the elimination of prejudice and mistrust.

  3. I agree with both of the comments above. Unification of the island is completely out, with the givens of today, and I do not believe it will be achieved in the next 100 years . Peace is another matter ! As a person born and bred in Cyprus I do not ever remember a peaceful time and I am 62 years of age. There was always tension and trouble between the two communities, even between 1960-1963. It is most unfortunate that the Greek and Turkish nationalism and ideas from respective motherlands have dictated the current situation . The Cypriot Greeks wanted ENOSIS and give up the Cyprus Republic’s freedom and sovereignty to Greece, Turkish Cypriots in response and opposition to this wanted TAKSIM (which means sharing by the way). Therein lies the problem. Everyone including Cypriots blames each other and wants more power or land or whatever from each other but not prepared to give. Whereas , take the givens and make the best of it . At least there has been no lives lost since 1974 unnecessarily in violence and fighting. Cyprus is supposedly the island of love ! Lets move on, try live peacefully get on with each other and love each other in Cyprus, Mr. Presidents, I say.