Turkey’s new Cyprus stance

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It was no sur­prise that the ne­go­ti­a­tions at the Crans-Mon­tana re­sort in Switzer­land to re­unify Cyprus and end the decades-long con­flict col­lapsed yet again. Ankara used the con­fer­ence to for­mal­ize its in­tran­si­gent po­si­tion on main­tain­ing troops pres­ence on Cyprus due to its role as a guar­an­tor. The ques­tion now is what Turkey’s next steps will be. Pre­sum­ably, th­ese de­ci­sions will be made at the high­est lev­els in the Turk­ish cap­i­tal, but they will be done so in co­or­di­na­tion with the Turk­ish Cypri­ots. It’s quite likely that they’ve al­ready made their plans and con­sid­er­ing that the regime is un­pre­dictable, noth­ing can be taken for granted. The only thing that is cer­tain is that Turkey is now treat­ing the Cyprus ques­tion on a new ba­sis, one that does not have a bi-zonal or bi-com­mu­nal so­lu­tion as its start­ing point. It is ex­pected that Turkey’s in­ten­tions will be­come clearer from how it deals with the mat­ter of Cyprus’s ex­clu­sive eco­nomic zone.

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