UN proposes another plan to solve the Cyprus issue
The Cyprus problem is an issue to deal with for anyone who feels like it. The United Nations released another plan to settle the conflict between the Cyprian and Turkish parts of the island. The UN unveiled this plan on Monday. So, what is the future of Cyprus according to the UN?
The United Nations stated that the island is supposed to become a single state that will consist of two parts. It will be something like Switzerland and its cantons, only a Mediterranean variant, so to speak.
According to the plan, there should be a presidential council established in Cyprus. This council is to consist of six members: three Turkish and three Greek ones. The president and vice president of the council will change every ten months, Greek and Turk, one after another.
Furthermore, the UN believes that the supreme court of the new country is to have nine members: three Turks and three Greeks. The other three judges are not supposed to represent either Cyprus or Turkey. Which side and which country those three other judges are going to represent is still a mystery.
Well, the plan might be good, although it is absolutely not clear how it is going to become real. Furthermore, it is not known if the Greeks and Turks will like it. All negotiations between the leaders of the two communities - Cypriot President Glafcos Clerides and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash – have ended with nothing.
It seems that it is rather simple to explain the state of things. The leaders of the two communities are quite happy with the status quo that has been formed over the last 30 years. Settling all problems between Greek and Turkish Cypriots is a long-term and hard goal to pursue. In addition, the Greek part of Cyprus is about to join the European Union. At first, the EU allegedly insisted on the normalization of relations between the communities of the island. However, they later decided that it would be very hard to solve the problem. The European Union eventually decided to welcome only the European part of the island. As it is supposed, this event will take place at the EU summit on December 12th.
The UN initiative pertaining to the Cyprus issue is not likely to lead to incredible progress in the solution of the Cypriot conflict. The UN has tried to participate in the settlement of many international issues lately. The efficiency of this participation is very questionable. Things aren’t likely to change with the next attempt.
However, it is not ruled out that the Greeks and the Turks will sign an agreement on the threshold of December 12th. Yet, it will be nothing more than a declaration, just a piece of paper. There have been too many bad days for the communities over the last decades. “Cypriot cantons” are not going to be of any use.
Vasily Bubnov PRAVDA.Ru
Translated by Dmitry Sudakov
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