27 Nov 2016 The lost opportunities of a Cyprus velvet divorce

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Even before the collapse of the Cyprus negotiations in Mont Pelerin on Monday, the words ‘velvet divorce’ had been creeping up in conversations. The gist of the argument is that Cypriots are incapable of living together, so let’s end the Cyprus problem with a deal to live apart. If this is the game-plan of some of the players, then it is important to look at what is lost by not bringing the island back together in a single federal state. The first and most important is that it robs Cyprus of the greatest chance it has ever had to become secure. Because of its strategic location, Cyprus has been the ‘collateral damage’ of big-power rivalries for thousands of years. The memory and resentment of this runs deep in the Cypriot psyche. Read full article

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