The Cyprus problem: Accession to the EU and broader implications

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    Abstract

    This essay focuses on the Cyprus problem with a particular emphasis on the current phase and makes certain suggestions on how to move forward. It also raises the issue of the possible role that Cyprus could play in the evolving international environment. Indeed, these two issues are intertwined. A viable solution could, among other things, serve as a precedent for peaceful coexistence of different ethnic and religious groups within one state, while at the same time it could promote stability, security, and cooperation in the vital area of the eastern Mediterranean and beyond. On the other hand, an unworkable arrangement might lead to destabilization in the area, with further complications. It is necessary to take into consideration not only the positions and the stakes of the parties directly involved but also broader interests, such as those of the United States and the EU. I begin with a short historical overview of the Cyprus problem and follow with a discussion of the requirements for a viable constitutional arrangement involving a single state. Finally, I examine the challenges and opportunities for Cyprus in the new international environment.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)42-66
    Number of pages25
    JournalMediterranean Quarterly
    Volume14
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2003

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