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This book was given to me by the author in 2006 (you can see it on top of the pile of papers in front of him in this photograph) and I have been putting off reading it ever since. As I expected, most of it is a fairly standard uncritical rant from the headline Greek Cypriot nationalist perspective. One would scarcely realise from the book that the Turkish Cypriots had ever had any legitimate grievances. I found the analysis particularly lacking in two areas. First, the description of US interests and activity in the Eastern Mediterranean relies entirely on sympathetic politics with literally no reference to primary sources beyond a single out-of-context quote from Richard Holbrooke. The second big lacuna is that Theophanous, in common with the Greek Cypriot establishment, does not appreciate the key importance of bizonality for the Turkish Cypriots in looking for a settlement. All the most difficult issues of the talks - property, security, governance - are essentially rooted in the need for Turkish Cypriots to have their own space under their own control. This has been accepted in principle by successive Greek Cypriot leaders, but the history of the negotiations has been a consistent policy of eroding that commitment. I don't see any reason for optimism.

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saare_snowqueen
Nov. 28th, 2010 12:31 pm (UTC)
It's sad to read that with regard to the GREEK Cypriots - nothing ever changes. They along with their mainland Greek allies were as blinkered and pig-headed when I lived on Crete in the 1980's. What will it take, I wonder, for them to wake up and realise that time has moved on a compromise solution is the only solution that will work.
marnanel
Nov. 28th, 2010 03:15 pm (UTC)
Turkish Chariots

Is this a typo for "Turkish Cypriots", or the name of a Turkish group I'm not aware of?
nwhyte
Nov. 28th, 2010 05:41 pm (UTC)
Perils of predictive text!!!!

Edited at 2010-11-28 05:42 pm (UTC)
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