by Upstate NY
Thu Aug 3rd, 2006 at 09:56:45 AM EST
The only news I found on this comes from the Moonies.
Apparently, Cyprus is very willing to give France a military berth on the island. From the French perspective, this will allow France to become a bigger player in the Middle East--if it so wishes (and of course we're not at all certain about the French will in the Middle East at this point). From the Cypriot perspective, this will mark the entry of the first non-Brit, Turk, Greek, military berth on the island in centuries.
The key question of course: how big will the air base be? How big a military force will be stationed there, and to what end?
This development may have the potential of making France a major player in the region, and of complicating Cyprus-Turkey relations by a huge factor. A permanent military berth there makes France an informal party to discussions about the Cyprus problem.