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Cyprus Peace Process Roundup

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Greek, Turkish Cypriot Leaders to Hold Talks in Geneva: “Greek Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci agreed to meet in Geneva to discuss the state of the negotiations and to exchange views on how to move forward in the interest of reaching a comprehensive settlement as soon as possible. The talks are aimed at drafting an agreement on how much territory each side will control in an envisioned federation.” [Voice of America]

1 home, 2 owners: Cyprus deal to decide future of those displaced by partition:  “A mud-brick house in northern Cyprus that symbolizes the island nation’s decades of ethnic division is the foundation for Cumar Kamir and Michalis Georgiades’ friendship. It’s the home Georgiades fled as a teenager more than four decades ago following the Turkish invasion that carved Cyprus along Greek and Turkish lines. Kamir, also displaced by the population shifts, has lived there almost as long.” [LA Times]

Tsipras asks May’s support for ‘just and viable’ Cyprus solution: “Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has asked British Prime Minister Theresa May for her support in the effort to find a just and viable solution of the Cyprus problem. According to an announcement released from his press office, Tsipras had spoken with May by phone. “The prime minister outlined analytically Greece`s positions on the current developments of the Cyprus problem, in view of the multilateral conference in Geneva,” it said.”  [Cyprus Mail]

A multibillion-dollar natural gas boom may reunify Cyprus: “The country’s latest push to attract interest in its energy sector comes as Turkey and Israel discuss a pipeline to import Israeli natural gas that would pass through Cypriot waters. Turkey’s goal is to reduce its reliance on Russian energy supplies. Officials in Nicosia, the capital city in the Republic of Cyprus, have said they will block the pipeline if the island stays divided. According to experts, Turkey’s desire for Israeli gas may be the impetus needed to finally broker a resolution. A Cyprus deal has drawn the personal interest of top U.S. and European diplomats including Vice President Joe Biden. It would be a high-profile win in Europe for the outgoing administration.” [CNBC]

Cyprus problem on the agenda at UN in New York: “The Cyprus problem will be among the issues to be addressed by the UN Security Council during the current month. Permanent Representative of Sweden to the United Nations, Ambassador Olof Skoog, announced the programme since his country is presiding over the UNSC in January. Referring to the Cyprus talks, Skoog told reporters that if diplomacy is allowed to yield results, then there could be a political solution to the Cyprus problem. If this happens, we must see how the UN will support such an agreement, he said.” [Famagusta Gazette]

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@FionaMullenCY And ends in ZERO Turkish troops. But again, do you want to put odds on whether Ankara or Akinci are going to go for either?
@FionaMullenCY "New guarantee system" not at all comforting if #Turkey granted any right of intervention. Phased wi https://t.co/Ucc6gOyy7L
RT @CoachoGalani: @HellenicLeaders Vegas odds on refusing full withdrawal are "off the board." Turkey has never negotiated in good faith.