Sunday, February 12, 2017

Faraway, So Close: Approaching the Endgame in the Cyprus Negotiations

Faraway, So Close: Approaching the Endgame in the Cyprus Negotiations
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Substantial progress was achieved in the bicommunal negotiations that were
ongoing for almost two years and led to the decision to continue the talks
in Switzerland. The aim was to create conditions conducive to a final
bargaining agreement between the Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots and
the three guarantor states of the Republic of Cyprus: Greece, Turkey, and
the United Kingdom. Although recent talks in Switzerland failed to deliver
a breakthrough, negotiations continue, and hope survives. With the
exception of negotiations on security and guarantees – a chapter whose
negotiation inevitably also involves Cyprus’ three guarantor states –
convergence on negotiations in all other chapters, namely territory,
property, governance and power sharing, as well as economic and EU
matters, have resulted in agreement or have brought the positions of the
parties within the radius of an agreement.

SWP Comments 2017/C03,
February 2017, 4 Pages