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From the Editor's Desk

International support needed

 

June 2011

After two years of intense negotiations between the leaders of the two communities in Cyprus to find a just and viable solution that will reunite the island under the umbrella of a federal Government, the process is now drawing towards a very critical point.

According to public statements made by the President of Cyprus, the Turkish Cypriot leader as well as the Turkish Government, there are still significant differences which so far haven't been bridged, mainly due to Turkey's refusal to end its intervention and allow the two communities reach a compromise for the re-unification of their common homeland.

As announced recently, the leaders of the two communities, Demetris Christofias and Dervis Eroglu respectively, will meet with the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon in Geneva on 7 July this year to discuss the progress of the direct talks.

It is understood that the meeting in Geneva could be a very critical one for the future of Cyprus as the two leaders may be asked by the Secretary General of the UN to enter a new phase of the talks with a "give and take" process in order to reach agreement on the issues which the two sides have so far failed to agree upon. An international conference to deal with the external aspects of the problem - such as the guarantees, the settlers and foreign military presence on the island may also come up in the near future.

In these circumstances, our newspaper calls on the Australian Government to continue its support to the negotiations process for the re-unification of the island and hold Turkey accountable for its role. Australia should continue to apply pressure and keep reminding those who favor partition, that 22 million people of different cultures can co-exist and thrive in Australia. Why can't the same happen in a much smaller country such as Cyprus?

Peter Ppiros

 

 

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