Posts Tagged ‘Cyprus problem’

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Cold, cold, cold

February 3, 2010

How, exactly, did this become a weather-obsessed blog?  There is plenty of anecdotal evidence that us Brits have a particular concern about anything weather related and it is true that the weather is a regular topic of conversation among ex-pats here in Cyprus … but how exactly did we fall into the trap of mentioning in quite so many blog posts?

Anyway, it’s cold again.  Really rather bitterly cold.  And windy; really very windy.  There was a small twister along the coast from us that resulted in a handful of people ending up in hospital.  It’s snowing at the top of Troodos as you can see from the Ski Cyprus webcam.  There has been talk that we might get snow down here near the coast.  That would be unusual, but not unheard of; 2 years when we were house-hunting we experienced a little snowstorm.  Incidentally, that isn’t the house we eventually bought; unbeknownst to us the owner of that property had already found a buyer.

In other news the UN-led talks went ahead.  About the best that can be said is that at least the two sides are still talking … and showing a remarkable determination for scoring points if they can’t actually make any real progress.

THE TURKISH Cypriot leadership set a “trap” for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on his visit to the north in an effort to upgrade their status, which “boomeranged” on them, said government spokesman Stefanos Stefanou yesterday.

According to Stefanou, Ban had been tricked into meeting Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat at the ‘presidential palace’ in the north, despite an earlier agreement to hold the meeting at his residence next door. The move backfired as UN Special Adviser Alexander Downer was forced to issue a statement clarifying that “the Cyprus Republic is the only recognised state and that Mr Talat is nothing more than the leader of the Turkish Cypriot community,” he said.

Apart from that we continue to throw yet more logs on the fire and wonder just when it might warm up a little.  This is turning out to be a long, cold winter.

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UN’s Ban Ki-Moon on his way

January 30, 2010

The BBC have an interesting piece on the Cyprus Problem.  They are reporting that the UN’s Secretary General is due in Cyprus this weekend to try and find some common ground that the Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots can agree on.

From the article:

Progress is slow at talks aimed at reuniting Cyprus, so UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is arriving on the island on Sunday to inject some momentum.  Mr Ban will meet leaders of both communities, but time may be running out to find a solution, the BBC’s Europe correspondent Jonny Dymond reports.

At the Ledra Street crossing the next evening, the players take their places again – another peace protest, tourists finger embroidered tea towels, passport officers dawdle while smoking cigarettes.

Both ludicrous and depressing, this play feels like it has many more nights to run.

The full piece can be found here.  Jonny Dymond’s report, as part of Radio 4’s The World This Weekend,  should be available from Sunday via the iPlayer service.  It is worth noting that, for legal reasons, the BBC’s iPlayer is only available to those within the UK.  If a transcript becomes available we’ll try and link back to it.

It was back in September 2007 that we mentioned the new peace talks.   It was April 2008 that the Ledra Street crossing re-opened, giving a glimmer of hope that some progress might be forthcoming.  It was just last month that the previous president’s corpse was stolen; it has not yet been recovered.  It has been less than two weeks since the Orams lost the latest legal battle to regarding their house in the North built on land owned by a Greek Cypriot.

That any politician believes this can be solved is admirable.  Hopefully there will be inexhaustible supplies of both patience and strong coffee.

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Ex-president’s corpse stolen

December 11, 2009

The BBC are reporting that the body of the former president of the Republic of Cyprus, Tassos Papadopoulos, has been stolen from the grave just before the first anniversary of his death.  If this is, in any way, political then resolution of the Cyprus Problem has been made much, much more difficult.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8407552.stm

Grave robbers steal former Cyprus president’s corpse

Thieves have stolen the corpse of Tassos Papadopoulos, the former president of the Republic of Cyprus, police say.  Mr Papadopoulos’ body was removed after his grave in Nicosia was broken into overnight, officials said.  Marios Garoyan, leader of the former premier’s centre-right Diko party, condemned the act as a “heinous and terrible crime”, AFP reported.