Cyprus settlement in 2010 or else Direct Trade will be approved

European Parliament

According to the Cyprus Mail, two south Cyprus representatives sent to persuade European Parliament political groups not to approve the direct trade regulation for the Turkish Cypriots were told that final approval of the regulation would be deferred until until the end of the year but “if there was no Cyprus settlement by the end of the year, European Parliament would approve the regulation

Its seems that December 2010 is being generally accepted as the deadline for the current talks and, as they are expected to fail, the Direct Trade regulation would then be approved and “the north would acquire a Taiwan-type status, Turkey would open a couple of ports and airports to Cyprus traffic and that would be the solution of the Cyprus problem.”

The pressure is now on Christofias to reach a deal with Eroglu with the imminent approval of the Direct Trade regulation hanging over his head. Whether or not the south Cyprus government can prevent the European Parliament from passing this regulation, on legal grounds, is another area of contention. The problem is whether Christofias can take a chance that a legal challenge would succeed.


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