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Everything the same on the Cyprus front

YUSUF KANLI writes:

Things have started coalescing even as confusion in the mind is intensifying. Two days of talks in Ankara and Istanbul among Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akıncı, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and other senior Turkish officials, including Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım, have revealed that there will be no major change in positions in the Cyprus talks.

Comment(s) 6/26/2017

Is Crans-Montana the last chance for a federal Cyprus

YUSUF KANLI writes:

A settlement on Cyprus requires the two peoples of Cyprus, as well as Greece and Turkey, to put aside emotional and unrealistic designs, abandon utopias, hallucinations, dreams and concentrate on a power-sharing scheme between the “two equal constituent people” of the island.

Comment(s) 6/23/2017

Seeking justice

YUSUF KANLI writes:

The most popular topic on Turkish social media platforms nowadays is the “March for Justice” launched by main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu.

Comment(s) 6/21/2017

Proxy war

YUSUF KANLI writes:

Thinking of the Qatar problem. Considering the probable role Al-Jazeera played in the build-up to this crisis. Bribe/purchase of billions of dollars’ worth of death machines from the United States by the Saudis and later by the Qataris.

Comment(s) 6/19/2017

First they came...

YUSUF KANLI writes:

Have you ever heard of the poem “First they came…?” There are several versions of it, all for obvious reasons dealing with themes of persecution, guilt and collective responsibility in building a common future.

Comment(s) 6/16/2017

Qatari test

YUSUF KANLI writes:

What is ethically correct in international relations? Shall a country abide by the diplomatic code of conduct, norms and values?

Comment(s) 6/14/2017

Difficulty of a Cyprus deal

YUSUF KANLI writes:

At the front door of a five-star Ankara hotel, the ambassador of a not-so-big but influential Western country grabbed my arm with one hand and in a clear voice whispered into my ear: “You might be wrong… This time there might be a Cyprus deal. I want to believe so.”

Comment(s) 6/12/2017

From Syria to Qatar

YUSUF KANLI writes:

Turkey should reconsider the not-so-easy and unfortunately disastrous path it followed in the Syria crisis before indulging into undertaking any sort of mediation in the crisis between Qatar and a Saudi-led block of nations accusing the gas-rich state of supporting and abetting terrorism

Comment(s) 6/9/2017

Facing reality in Cyprus

YUSUF KANLI writes:

What is the reality on the land? What is the reality perceived by Turks or Greeks in Cyprus? Do they see the same reality? These and such questions that might appear odd to outsiders indeed touch the core of the Cyprus problem: a difference in perception.

Comment(s) 6/7/2017

Cyprus, from New York to Geneva...

YUSUF KANLI writes:

Eyes and ears were fixed over the weekend on what will come out of U.N. headquarters in New York. Would Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akıncı appear in front of the cameras with a face similar to the snapshot he gave to reporters at the last summit with former secretary-general Ban Ki-moon?

Comment(s) 6/5/2017

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