Cyprus Problem | Stalled Talks Restart on 15 May 2015

220px-Talking_Heads_-_Road_to_NowhereAfter hosting a dinner for the two Cypriot Presidents, Nicos Anastasiades and Mustafa Akinci, the UN Secretary Special Adviser on Cyprus, Espen Barth Eide, said that talks aimed at reunifying the island would restart on the 15th May 2015. In a statement Eide said:

“I think this is a unique opportunity that will be grasped and it’s truly rewarding to work with two leaders with such a strong commitment to seeing a shared challenge that can only be solved through shared effort.”

The meeting would start with a “general exchange of views” and would aim to decide how to structure negotiations as well as establish the frequency of further meetings.

The Cyprus Mail however published an article headed ‘The negotiator who opposes a solution’¹ which stated that the Greek Cypriot negotiator was firmly against a solution.

‘Mavroyiannis was the most unsuitable person for the job. He has always been openly opposed to a settlement, as his bizarre political behaviour made evident. In 2004 he was one of the most fanatical advocates of the ‘no-vote’ and until two years ago he declared he was proud of his stance.’

Doesn’t bode well, does it.



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12 comments to Cyprus Problem | Stalled Talks Restart on 15 May 2015

  • Polly Marples

    Seems to me I’ve heard that song before.

    Now stick at it cos I don’t want to hear it again.

  • fluter

    No, you are quite wrong Pauline. I read somewhere that they are going to “move forward”.

  • Cyprus Sue

    I’m optimistic about the talks. Not that I think the talks will achieve anything productive but rather because when its clear to the International Communities that stalemate is yet again the outcome, the TRNC will become recognised and the island permanently divided.

    This is a sad situation and it would be much better if each community could negotiate a fairer settlement. Unfortunately despite what the public are fed, neither political side really want a solution. We have witnessed the same tactics used again and again. The Politicians, without taking personal responsibility because it must look like we are genuinely negotiating,tend to do anything and everything possible to perpetuate the Cyprus Problem.

    I wasn’t at all surprised to see that EDEK, having demanded a solution on bi-zonal, bi-communal federation for the last 35 years are suddenly now doing a u-turn. Constantly clouding the issues has always been the tactic used by the GC political parties and I see no evidence that anything will change. Why can’t the GC population not see that the main reason for the Cyprus problem is simply down to the fact that the their Politicians would never be willing to power share and that their politicians ultimate goal is to remain big fish in a little pond. Any solution which could result in a reduction of their ability to loot and pillage the taxpayer via the State Coffers must not happen, the ROC is a fiefdom, run solely for the benefit of a few chosen citizens and the thoughts of having to dilute the pickings with TC would be just too much to contemplate.

  • Many of you are too optimistic and full of pointless (but understandable)blame towards politicians and others. Whether it’s the division of the island, property problems north or south, national debt or even the weather. It is not anyone’s ‘fault’.

    As I have tried to explain before, no politician, priest, pundit or philosopher has ever wilfully changed the world by one iota since our species arrived (Homo sapiens started about 200,000 years ago). All we have is evolution. Things will change as they always have by re-action. ‘Action’ does not exist.

  • Polly Marples

    Mike…belt up.

    You are going on again..and frankly, I for one find it pointless twaddle.

  • Ian Edwards

    I two. You may have tried, Mike, but as you have patently failed, why not give us a break and cease your regurgitated nonsense?

  • OK, I’ll stop and leave you to your illusions but I’m sad that people worry so much. As far as the Cyprus situation is concerned most people, who know anything about it, would probably agree that it will never be sorted out by talking. The present condition of the island is likely to change at some point in time, but we now don’t know why or how.
    I do hope your property problem will end to your satisfaction, Pauline. I also have one that has now gone on for 12 long years! Like you, I was mistaken in thinking that the law in Cyprus was as robust as in the UK. However we never know what chance may bring.
    In future I will try and keep free will comments to myself.

  • Polly Marples

    Thank you Mike. I am glad you are not saying you will stop commenting.

  • Dominic Freeman

    Mike is trying hard to change us to his views whilst apparently believing that all such change evolves and he in fact needs do nothing. Somehow he cannot see the contradiction in this.

  • You have me at a disadvantage Dominic, I have said I will not comment further on this subject. Believe me, I have no desire and am not able to change anyone else’s thinking, any more than I can my own.

  • Ian Edwards

    Mike, your attempt at sophistry is also failing. The main reason for anyone espousing a particular idea ad nauseum can only be an attempt to change someone else’s thinking.

    I readily accept your claim that you can’t change your own.

  • Dominic Freeman

    Perhaps the Alcoholics Anonymous prayer applies here.

    God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
    The courage to change the things I can,
    And the wisdom to know the difference.

    No, I guess Mike would have a problem or two with that 🙂