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openDemocracy - United Kingdom | 03/04/2013

Aslan Amani on how the crisis can bring peace to Cyprus

Political scientist Aslan Amani sees a positive aspect to the Cyprus crisis in that it offers the chance for a rapprochement between the two opposing sides in the Cyprus conflict: "Having become politically and economically the more stable party of the conflict, Turkey can have the political maturity to take some positive steps to improve relations with Cyprus. The story of Cyprus is a telling example of how political and economic advantages come and go, and one's geopolitical fortunes can change in a matter of a few years. So there could not be a better time for Turkish policymakers to choose cooperation over hubris. As a sign of good will and commitment to the idea of European cooperation, Turkey could start by opening up its ports to Cypriot ships. Given that the newly elected President of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades, is a politician who had the courage and foresight to back the Annan Plan despite overwhelming opposition from the rest of the political spectrum, Turkey's initiative should be enough to jumpstart the peace process."

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