Back to Square One in Cyprus?
Last month, voters in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) elected a nationalist president over their current, left-of-center president who was committed to resolving the Cyprus conflict-an outcome that reflects the lack of enthusiasm among voters for the ongoing negotiation process.
This year marks a critical threshold. In 2011, Turkey will enter election season and the government will face pressure from nationalist forces for its Cyprus policies. Then, at the beginning of 2012, the Greek Cypriots will have their elections, usually not a good season for peace seeking.
It is high time for a paralyzed, ineffectual and unimaginative European Union and the equally lethargic United Nations to internationalize the negotiation process and bring all the relevant parties to a Dayton-style conference.