Fahne Ticker Cyprus Conflict since 1964
Fahne de For a German Version click here.

2017 10 04 "North Cyprus is likely to recognize a separated Catalonia as a State" - this is an opinion obviously held by Hans-Christian Rössler in an article in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung about an attempt of separating Catalonia from Spain by referendum of 1.10.2017. Such a step by the government of the Turkish Republic of North Cyprus (TRNC) would be a grave mistake. This is because the conditions of this republic are basically different from those of Catalonia. The TRNC is established as a State since decades and has maintained its statehood permanently de facto against all relevant powers. This republic was not created by way of a secession because a State comprising the whole of the island did not legally exist at the time of its foundation. And even if such a State in the guise of a Greek Republic had existed at that time, the TRNC would have separated effectively from it because the Greek State had constituted an unbearable situation for the citizens of TRNC by claiming superiority over them on the ground of their non-Greek ethnicity (vide the homepage " Cyprus Conflict"). No similar claim is entertained by Spain vis-a-vis Catalonia. And Catalonia is far from having established its own sovereignty.
2017 10 01 The former British Foreign and Justice Minister Jack Straw commits himself in an article published in "The Independent" to definite partition of Cyprus.
2017 09 15 New Compostion of the page "Cyprus Conflict"
2017 09 15 The "Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik" (SWP), a partially government sponsored institution, publishes a commentary by Ioannis N. Grigoriadis on the outcome of the Trans Montana negotiations of 2017, considering, among other consequences, a two-states-solution of the Cyprus conflict. The Stiftung ignores a bid for publishing a critical contribution by the author of this homepage, pointing out the necessity of recognizing the Turkish Republic of North Cyprus as a requirement for lasting peace. Lacking the politeness of an answer by SWP, the motives for this remarkable attitude of a "scientific" institution remain unknown.
2017 07 06 Crans Montana Negotiations fail on 6th July, 2017.

An Article by Lefteris Adilinis published on July 5th, 2017, in the online extension “incyprus” of “THE CYPRUS WEEKLY”, reports the Secretary General of the United Nations Guterres having presented a framework for a Cyprus solution, during the recent 2+3-Negotiations at Crans Montana (confirmed on 4th July), suggesting: “We need to end the right of intervention and the Treaty of Guarantee. They need to be replaced by a new system of assurances so that all Cypriots feel secure.” He added that “a new implementation mechanism will be created that will also involve elements outside Cyprus. Guarantors cannot monitor the implementation of their own obligations.”

This statement provides a sufficient explanation why all Cyprus negotiations conducted under the United Nations auspices were - and still are - bound to fail: The Turkish Cypriots cannot reasonably be expected to feel secure unless their position in Cyprus is guaranteed by a Turkish right of military intervention, for two reasons: One reason is constituted by the continued, partially successful attempts on the part of the Greek conflicting party, undertaken since the beginning of the actual conflict in 1955 until today whenever an opportunity seemed to arise, to deprive the Turkish Cypriots of their right of self determination and of particular rights conferred on them with Greek consent by the treaties and constitution of 1960 and to harm their even vital interests with all available means including the force of arms. Until this day and even in the recent negotiations the Greek conflicting party has never ceased to insist, contrary to these rights, on sovereignty over the whole island and the Turkish "minority". The Greek conflicting party succeded particularly in subjecting the Turkish Cypriot community for more than 50 years to an international embargo preventing returns from international tourism and trade on which all Cyprus depends. Consequentially, the unification policy of the Greek party is aimed at reserving a position that would enable their superior number and organization to attempt once more, on the next best occasion, submission of the Turkish community to their unlimited will, while history and the permanent behaviour of the Greek party suggests that no sort of rights of Turkish Cypriots would protect them. The other reason consists in the Turkish military intervention of 1974 having offered the only effective protection of the Turkish Cypriots against another attempt of that year at their submission, this time conducted with the help of mainland Greek military forces (the Turkish intervention incidentally preventing bloodshed in the island ever since).

As concerns the vision of “new assurances”, their only conceivable form is indicated by international peace forces, while such forces have failed to prevent suppression in Cyprus in 1964 or violence in the Balcans (following the breakdown of Yugoslavia) or in the Congo. This vision cannot be considered a serious political argument for the additional reason that during more than fifty years of its involvement in the conflict the United Nations have not even embarked on the invention of a substantial device that would promise effecitve security. By contrast, military intervention has often proved effective, and particularly so in the case of Cyprus. And little logic adorns the application of the idea that Guarantors cannot monitor their own obligations to the case of Cyprus, because here the objective of Guarantors is obviously the monitoring of obligations of the other conflicting parties.

The predictable (and predicted - vide http://cy.pro-re-publica.de ) failure of the recent Crans Montana Conference could be compensated if it opened the eyes of all concerned to the aspect that an agreed unification of Cyprus cannot be hoped for as long as one of the parties expected to federate is denied legitimate existence as a community entitled for self determination.
2017 06 24 Two-plus-Three Negotiations from 28th June 2017 onwards at Crans-Montana" (in German language only)
2017 06 11 Charalambous: 50 Years of Negotiations are enough
2017 02 16 The "Joint Declaration" of 2014-02-11 - annotated
2016 12 02 On the occasion of the Fifth Meeting of the Joint Strategic Planning Group, a sub-organ of the Turkish-Russian High Level Cooperation Council (HLCC), was held in the beginning of December 2016 at Alanya Alanya under the joint chairmanship of Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and his counterpart Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov . The Ministers also signed the 2017-2018 Consultative Action Plan. Speaking at a joint press conference, Çavuşoğlu stated that he informed Lavrov about the latest developments in Cyprus. Çavuşoğlu added: “We also evaluated regional issues today. Indeed, if Turkey and Russia act together, we can solve many problems. I gave information about recent developments in Cyprus. Russia's support is important here.” (Source: TRNC PIO News Headlines 2.12.2016.)
2016 10 October 2016 - another "deadline" for Cyprus ?
2016 03 16 A letter to the editor of the "Financial Times" of March 16, 2016, in response to an article written by Peter Spiegel and published in this Paper on March 15, 2016 criticizing the habit of declaring the devision of Cyprus to originate from the Turkish intervention of 1974 as helping to prevent the the estalishment of permanent peace around the island.

The letter was not published in the "Financial Times".
2015 Erinnerung an eine nicht nur mit Bezug auf den Zypern-Konflikt sondern auch mit Bezug auf die griechische Überschuldungskrise von 2015
nach wie vor höchst aktuelle Kontroverse von 1980-1983 um griechische Politpropaganda
2015 10 14 Wikipedia Distorts the Nature and Importance of the Cyprus Conflict.
2015 09 30 Greek Cypriot President authenticates Reason for Permanence of the Cyprus Conflict.
2015 05 Mustafa Akinci new President of TRNC Fahne

2015 04 08 The Present Position of the United Nations Organization in the Cyprus Conflict (April 2015)
2015 04 Truth- and Peace-oriented Greek voices:
George Koumoullis in Cyprus Mail, April 2015 (an excerpt)
2015 02 27 Remarks on a Statement by the US Ambassador. Fahne

2014 12 20 Assoziierung der deutschen Regierung mit einer Desinformation durch die Bundeszentrale für Politische Bildung zum Zypernkonflikt.
Association of the German Government with a Misleading Information on the Cyprus Conflict by the Federal Agency for Political Education
(in German Language only)
2014 11 28 Spots on the Cyprus Conflict
2014 Zypernkonflikt um Öl und Gas , Video / T-online (die 2014 unter diesem Link erreichbare Veröffentlichung von T-online ist jedenfalls 2016 12 04 bei dieser Adresse nicht mehr erreichbar)
Cyprus Conflict over Oil and Gas, Video, in German language / T-online (the publication by T-online that was available in 2014 via this link is - in any case on December 4th 2016 - not available any more under this address)
2014 11 16 EU rasselt ohne Säbel im östlichen Mittelmeer. * EU Rattles without Sabre in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea
(In German Language only)
2014 06 Loucas Charalambous in Cyprus Mail, June 2014
2014 03 14 International Crisis Group
Breakthrough: Appreciation of the Turkish Cypriot Republic
2014 02 Greek Republic of South Cyprus: The Russian Relation. Fahne

2014 02 20 The "Joint Declaration" of 2014-02-11 - annotated
2013 11 01 Zwei Jahrestage im Zypernkonflikt - Zweistaatenlösung überfällig * Two Anniversaries within the Cyprus Conflict - Two-States-Solution overdue Fahne en
Öl- und Gas im Meer um Zypern und der Zypernkonflikt
Oil and Gas in the Seas around Cyprus and the Cyprus
2010 Ein kompetenter Brief an das deutsche Außenministerium * A Competent Letter to the German Foreign Office
(in German Language only).
2006 Typische Fehldarstellungen des Zypernkonflikts
Typical Distortions in Describing the Cyprus Conflict
(in German Language only)
(1980-1983) Griechische Zypernpropaganda: Ein Aufsatz von Professor Johannes Papalekas und eine verhinderte Erwiderung von höchst aktueller Bedeutung nicht nur für den gesamten Verlauf des Zypernkonflikts sondern auch für den Höhepunkt der griechischen Überschuldungskrise von 2015.
Greek Propaganda on Cyprus: An Article by Professor Johannes Papalekas and a prevented response - of lasting high importance not only for the whole process of the Cyprus conflict but also for the Greek crisis of over-indebtedness of 2015. (In German language only).
1964 02 "Herrschaft der Mehrheit bedeutet Krieg" (1964) * "Majority Rule means War" (1964) Fahne en