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Rehearsals for a “relaxed” solution

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An intense background is in progress, in an effort to prepare “common ground” in view of the “Informal” Five-Party Conference on the Cyprus issue, which takes place in the second fortnight of February, in New York. At the same time, the information that makes various third parties flirt with a federal model, regardless of how it is presented, is growing.

The British, who have strong mobility in the background, refer to the “loose federation”, which, as they explain, will allow the two communities to govern their territories and some key issues, a small number, will remain in central power. Last Thursday and Friday, the Deputy Political Director of the Foreign Office, Ajay Sharma, was in Nicosia and had contacts in the free and occupied areas (he saw Tatar), while as we are informed, the British Foreign Minister will visit Cyprus in early February. Dominic Raab. Ajay Sharma also visited Athens. It is obvious that the British are trying to persuade Nicosia to make a “goodwill” move towards the Turkish side, in order to pave the way for substantive talks. They ask Nicosia to accept “political equality”, as interpreted by the Turks.

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In Brussels, however, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoλουlu reiterated to his interlocutors last Thursday the position for two states, noting, however, that they are open to discuss anything that comes up in the Pentamer. “We are not dogmatic,” Tsavousoglou was quoted as saying.

At the same time, reports indicate that the Turks have demanded that the Pentagon be held in March instead of February. They obviously want the Conference to take place after the European Council, during which a debate on sanctions is expected to take place. The Turkish request does not seem to find “allies” so far.

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