Posts Tagged ‘turkey’


Cyprus Problem: TRNC Election

April 18, 2010

It seems that the result of the elections in the north are clear; Mehmet Talat looks sure to loose to Dervis Eroglu, the hard right-winger.

What does that mean for the island?  Well, Talat had been working hard for a solution to bring reunification.  Eroglu appears to have different priorities; a two-state country federation is his preference; no reunification at all.  One country, two passports.

The BBC says:

Mr Eroglu, a nationalist, supports a two-state solution.  Mr Talat is trailing with about 43%.  Mr Eroglu has already claimed victory, saying: “We will always work in co-operation with our motherland Turkey.”  Analysts say the result, if confirmed, could stall peace talks with the Greek Cypriots and have implications for Turkey’s hopes of joining the European Union.  Greek Cypriots, who are already members, could block Turkey’s membership bid.

Where we go from here isn’t clear.


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.