Introduction by Chris Elliott….
With the start of 2015 we are heading into the 41st year since the Turkish intervention in Cyprus to stop the communal bloodshed which was followed by the division of the island by the insertion of the UN green line buffer zone between the Turkish and Greek Cypriot communities.
Since then there have been stop/go attempts to reach a solution which seem to have stopped yet again and the prospect of a settlement seems to be at a standstill despite concern and encouragement being expressed by Ban ki Moon in his recent report to the UN.
So what is the current situation and what are the options to finally settle the Cyprus issue. The following article by Dr Christian Heinze, who was the Assistant to the late President of the Constitutional Court of the “Republic of Cyprus” in Nicosia in 1962/63, brings the issue into sharp focus.
Cyprus Conflict in a Nutshell
By Dr Christian Heinze – 10. January 2015