Two sides of Cyprus

04.01.2017

President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades and President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus Mustafa Akinci are to meet today

The island issue

A part of Cyprus was occupied by Turkish troops in accordance with the plan of Henry Kissinger in 1974. In 1983, the occupied part was proclaimed an independent republic, which was recognized only by Turkey. Between the Turkish and Greek parts, there is a United Nations safe zone. Until now, a clear plan for resolving the conflict which could satisfy both sides has not been presented. Greek Cyprus became an EU member in 2004. In the same year, the head of the UN, Kofi Annan, proposed a plan for unifying the two parts, but it has not received the approval of the Greek side, as the occupying Turkish troops remain on the island and refugee homes have been occupied by Turkish settlers.

External manipulation

The meeting is being held before reunification negotiations which are scheduled for January 9th in Geneva. Brussels and Washington are trying to influence the course of negotiations. European bureaucrats and the United States are interested in establishing unity and control at this strategic point in the Mediterranean. Greece and Turkey are members of NATO, but the question of Cyprus is a major obstacle to political dialogue between the two countries. The US’ strategy is to destroy the identity of both Greeks and Turks in Cyprus and to create a new type of "nation". An active participant in this plan is Israel, which holds investments in the island's economy with a view towards subsequently redistributing property.