By Ahmet Abdulaziz…..

The students of Department of International Relations and Political Sciences of Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences of Near East University  organised a round-table meeting as part of their module entitled International Relations Theory. 

Mr. Yurdakul Cafer , Editor of Foreign Languages Unit of Radio and Television (BRTK), discussed the Cyprus issue along with the related negotiations.

According to the press release issued by the Directorate of Press and Public Relations of Near East University, this meeting enabled students to discuss  the Cyprus issue and the negotiation processes involved under six main headings; Management and Power Sharing, Security and Guarantees, Economy, EU issues, Land and Ownership.

BRTK Foreign Languages Editor, Yurdakul Cafer, made a speech to the students and expressed and informed them initially regarding the conflict dating back to the 1950’s. He provided a historical perspective of the matter and focused on the ongoing negotiations for around 50 years. Furthermore, the students scrutinised the results of the Cyprus talks held in Mont Pelerin, Geneva and Crans-Montana with Yurdakul Cafer.

Moreover, the roles of United Nations (UN), United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP), United Kingdom and European Union (EU) and their effects as international systems were reviewed. They also analysed hydrocarbon reserves that have been found and issues related to how the reserves will be shared. They discussed the crises developed on hydrocarbon and how international relations have shifted to a more complex status which required a multi-dimensional perspective.

Prof. Dr. Şerife Z. Eyüpoğlu, from the NEU Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, pointed out that meetings such as the one held were a great opportunity for students to improve their conflict resolution skills and get to know in detail the negotiation techniques utilized, as they are at the heart of diplomacy. Additionally, they had the chance to focus on how negotiation processes are run during the attempts to solve the Cyprus issue.