'If there is peace in Cyprus today, it is due to the presence of the Turkish armed forces. Otherwise, the bloodshed would have continued,' Tatar said, reiterating Ankara’s pretext for the 1974 invasion,
The diplomacy of kicking the can down the road is not merely counter-productive. It is deleterious. The previously much-touted “status quo” no longer exists. What is needed now is a fighting spirit, decisiveness, and flexibility.
Some analysts believe Erdogan’s maximalist position in support of a two-state solution is designed to achieve a loose confederation, (effectively Ankara’s position in prior settlement talks), definitively abandoning the UN's bi-zonal federation framework.
After three years without inter-communal dialogue and with Turkey stirring troubles from the Aegean to the Caucasus, the rise of the new Turkish-Cypriot leader does not presage positive developments.