Negotiations on the reunification of Cyprus remain unresolved

  • Michaela Ceklová
  • 10.7.2017 11:44

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced on 7 July, that, during the talks on the reunification of Cyprus which took place from 28 June to 7 July, efforts to negotiate an agreement failed.

The Greek Cypriot President Nikos Anastasiadis accepted the Turkish Cypriots' demand for a rotating presidency, but the Turkish Cypriots are unwilling to withdraw Turkish soldiers from the island, which was one of the key demands of the Greek Cypriots. Both sides are also accusing each other on additional issues, such as offshore gas extraction on the Greek side of the island, which Turkey was against. Diplomatic efforts to resolve the conflict and the attempts to reunify Cyprus have not been successful since 1974, when the island was divided into two parts. Paradoxically, the UN is the most affected by the situation, as the solution of the Cyprus conflict was supposed to be essentially the easiest peace initiative, unlike the conflicts in Syria, Yemen, South Sudan, Libya or Ukraine.

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