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this is very disheartening. I really thought there wasa chance of a way forward and now turkey throws a spanner in the works....why ? What do they gain internationally and, more importantly, domestically ?AFAIK the occupation of N Cypris isn't popular on the mainland anymore.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Sep 12th, 2008 at 08:17:23 AM EST
They gain a lot.

Either side does not want to be seen as the recalcitrant one, so they engage in peace talks which have very little chance of coming to fruition. This clears the whole issue off their foreign policy agendas.

It's only relation is to Turkey's application to the EU.

In 2009, when the provisions of the 2006 agreement kick in, Turkey's chapters will be entirely frozen (by agreement) unless there is a new deal on recognition of Cyprus.

That's the ONLY incentive currently going for Turkey, and it's not weighty enough to force a solution.

The final and strongest incentive would be joining the EU in 10 years or so. That's probably the only thing that will bring a resolution to Cyprus.

by Upstate NY on Fri Sep 12th, 2008 at 09:21:00 AM EST
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