What is hopeful about Akıncı? The Cyprus paradigm problem

The Cyprus problem will never be solved without a paradigm shift away from leaders and referenda, and towards “bottom up” re-unification and tangible, small-scale progress.

Flickr/United Nations Development Program in Europe and CIS. Some rights reserved.“The newly elected leftist leader Mustafa Akıncı brought about more hope for a solution to the Cyprus problem than ever”.

Turkey PM in unapproved Syria visit

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu crosses into Syria on an unauthorised visit to see the tomb of the grandfather of the Ottoman empire’s founder.
The leaders of divided Cyprus are scheduled to restart peace talks on May 15, following a three-side meeting with the United Nations’ special envoy earlier this the week
Cyprus peace talks raise hopes of an end to a conflict that has haunted Europe

In biggest push in over a decade, Nicos Anastasiades, president of Greek southern sector, to meet Mustafa Akinci, new leader of Turkish-occupied north

It has taken more than 40 years, an army of mediators and several near-misses, but there is genuine hope that when the leaders of ethnically divided Cyprus resume peace talks on Friday, the west’s longest-running diplomatic dispute can finally be resolved.

Hands across the divide: Cypriots go where their politicians fear to tread

They have little faith in their leaders, so people from the Turkish and Greek sides of the island are working to reunite their communities themselves

On the beach at Famagusta, there’s a sweeter, citrus scent mixed in with the sea breeze.

Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades will meet newly elected Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci on May 2 to push stalled peace talks forward, a Cypriot government spokesman said on April 28


Erdoğan, Syria and the Kurds: be careful what you wish for

A complex political triangulation links the Turkish president with the Syrian imbroglio and the Kurdish question, but his political target is receding.

These two refugees from Kobane, in a camp in Suruç in southern Turkey, are among what the authorities estimate are 280,000 Syrian Kurds who have sought sanctuary across the border. Demotix / Konstantinos Tsakalidis. All rights reserved.

Until a year ago, it seemed as if some sort of reconciliation between the Turkish state and its Kurds would be feasible. With the launch of the ‘Kurdish opening’ in 2009, the leadership in Ankara was re-engaging the Kurdish population after decades of estrangement. The announcement of the ‘peace dialogue’ between the government and Abdullah Öcalan, the imprisoned leader of the Kurdistan People’s Party (PKK), as well as the ‘reform package’ introduced by the then prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, confirmed in the eyes of many the executive’s genuine interest in reconnecting with its Kurdish community.

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