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Yes, it is likely that the two sides will get entangled in the property issue. It is nice to fight for your rights legally, but the situation on the island of Cyprus is such that instead of trying to get it all now, the residents need to forego immediate satisfaction about some things and focus on how to live together peacefully in the long run. The best way to do that is through unification.

Turkish Cyprus will especially benefit from that. Unification will finally allow it to be internationally recognized. Right now, it still heavily depends on economic aid from Turkey and it's not a self-sufficient actor. But the good news is that the president of Turkish Cyprus supports unification.

The resolution of the Cyprus issue will also help Turkey in its EU accession efforts. Except that Turkey is still refusing to recognize the whole island.:)

by Brownie on Fri Feb 17th, 2006 at 01:57:29 AM EST
I actually don't put too much stock in this idea that the North or the South supports unification. As always, it's a question of "whose" unification one supports. Either group on each side of the island will tend to support a unification that contains the essential compromises they insist on, but as soon as these are taken out of the UN texts, then both sides have been known reject unification.

That's the real problem. They've been waiting 30 years for a solution, and it's been a rocky road.

by Upstate NY on Fri Feb 17th, 2006 at 10:37:31 AM EST
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