Volume 5  Issue 2

  April 2008

Bimonthly Electronic Newsletter


Cyprus Problem: Opportunities and Challenges (by Michael Attalides): The speed of progress made by President Christophias and Mr Talat on Ledra street and the setting up of the 8th July/21st March committees has been quite striking. And it underscores the historical fact that the political parties from which the two leaders come have a record of inter-communal  . MORE


Beyond Ledra Street (by Andreas Theophanous): The opening of Ledra Street 45 years after it was first closed constitutes a significant confidence building measure while at the same time it entails a strong symbolism for the prospect of the reunification of Nicosia and Cyprus. Nevertheless we should maintain a comprehensive understanding of the issues under … MORE



Don’t forget the basics: Why Turkey must be directly involved in the talks (By Michalis Firillas): Watching the fanfare in the media, particularly the foreign press, it is hard not to get caught up in the spirit of ‘change.’ As if to bolster the argument against the skeptics, there is progress to show: Ledra Street underwent a historic change with its opening to traffic … MORE


Contemplating the new round of negotiations (by Yiannis Tirkides): A new negotiating effort is on the horizon in the long and difficult road of the Cyprus problem and there are renewed expectations. But what are really the prospects for reaching an acceptable solution quickly enough and what are the parameters that define the new negotiating framework? MORE


The Greek Veto and the Name Issue (by Dimitris Triantaphyllou): The NATO Summit of 2-4 April in Bucharest was itself extraordinary in that it seemed to confirm the coming of age of Europe. In Bucharest, several European member states of NATO were able, bluntly and overtly, to obtain unanimous decisions which did not necessarily reflect the MORE