Briefing on the Cyprus peace talks

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The conspicuous absence of the Cyprus peace talks in recent pronouncements by the Turkish government hints at the government’s concerns over the domestic unpopularity of concessions on the issue.

  • For a government typically vocal on its international policies, AKP officials have remained conspicuously muted on the Cyprus peace talks.
  • The government’s reliance on nationalist MPs in its ongoing attempts to introduce constitutional changes may be making it especially cautious on the issue.
  • With hesitation on the Greek side, and disagreements over territory and security, the likelihood of a positive outcome appears lower.

 

In the regular pronouncements and speeches by high-ranking members of the Turkish government over the last week, notably little time has been accorded to the Cyprus peace talks. The AKP government typically…

 

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19 January 2017

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