By Lord Hannay
The Cyprus challenge has defeated all makes an attempt to solve it for greater than 40 years. From 1996 onwards the UN, with powerful aid from the U.S., the uk and different ecu Union individuals, fixed the main sustained of the entire efforts to arrive an contract, in order that a reunited Cyprus may subscribe to the eu Union in might 2004. even though it got here toward good fortune than any past try, this one was once a failure besides. From his precise place because the former British specified consultant for Cyprus, David Hannay tells the tale of those negotiations, their ups and downs and of the jobs of the United international locations and the eu Union. What effects is an outstanding first-hand account of a fancy state of affairs.
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H e was for the U N and for all those supporting its efforts a crucial point of contact and often the only fully authoritative exponent of Turkish policy on Cyprus. Carrying the burden of the runup to the war in Iraq at the same time as the Cyprus endgame, he was under tremendous pressure. Below the under-secretary there was a departmental team headed by officials at the equivalents of British deputy secretary and under-secretary rank. UI'ION T R N C to whom the Turkish embassy was accredited) and the Cyprus section of the foreign ministry.
O n each of the other core issues, territory, property and the linked issue of the right of Creek Cypriots to reside in the Turkish Cypriot component state, he knew he would have to make concessions. These concessions would make it clear that the new Cyprus would not only be bi-zonal but also, to some modest extent, hi-communal, whereas his own ideal outcome was to pocket gains on governance and security while not conceding anything inconsistent with his preferred two-state solution. Ilence his approach was to de-couple the three issues dnd present unyielding positions on each (such as his proposal for settling all property claims by compensation and allowing no Greek Cypriot returns to the north).
Of the Turkish prime ministers during this period, none was at ease with the Cyprus problem and none was prepared to engage in serious and detailed discussion of it with their foreign visitors to Ankara or on their own visits overseas. Necmettin Erbakan took a straight nationalist line, Mesut Yilmaz was taciturn in the extreme, and Ecevit's view that he had settled Cyprus in 1974 hardly offered an easy entry into a serious discussion. Gul and Erdogan were different (and Gul actually had a good deal of practical experience of grappling with the Cyprus problem from his time as minister responsible for Cyprus in the ErbakanICiller government).