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FINAL RESULTS OF BICOMMUNAL STUDY

Propose and discuss specific solutions to aspects of the Cyprus Problem

Postby Alexandros Lordos » Wed Jun 15, 2005 11:13 pm

-mikkie2- wrote: Just goes to show that the people are far less stubborn than the politicians.


Probably the single most important truth about the Cyprus Problem :)

-mikkie2- wrote:A question - what will you be doing with the results of this study? Wiil you be making presentations to various interested bodies? Perhaps something similar to the Wilton Park Conference?


I've already presented the findings to a group of Greek and Turkish politicians meeting in Ankara last week, and they were received them with much interest. More presentations are being planned, but nothing as extensive as the Wilton Park conference, at least not yet.

-mikkie2- wrote:A quick conclusion I make from your study is that the settlers are the biggest stumbling block to a solution. If the settlers will form a big % of the voters in the north at a future referendum then perhaps things may not be so rosy. Although your study did look at how the settler issue could be handled, the fact that they will most probably be given a right to vote in a future referendum then clearly they will have a big influnce in the final result.


Settlers will have an influence, but thankfully not that much - they only form about 25% of the voters in the north. As you see, in the referendum TCs voted 71% "Yes" while Settlers only 50% "Yes" - and the final result was 65% "Yes". So their influence is significant, but limited. Settlers become a strong political influence when they are the swing voters - as indeed they have been in the north over the last 3-4 years. In both recent parliamentary elections, the vote of the settlers decided the final result. If it wasn't for the settlers, Serdar would be keeping his father company now, and Talat would be in coalition with Akinci.
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Postby cannedmoose » Thu Jun 16, 2005 12:15 am

Alexandros, it may be some time off, but perhaps you should consider proposing a paper at this conference next year in Nicosia. I'm hoping to present something there myself and I'm certain that a paper based on your studies would be accepted for presentation. Might be worth your consideration.

http://www.essex.ac.uk/ECPR/events/join ... /index.asp

Bonus is, and I hate to reduce this to base level (indulge me), that Natalie Tocci who is chairing the section most applicable to your study is a bit of a babe... :wink:
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Postby -mikkie2- » Thu Jun 16, 2005 2:02 am

Alexandre,

I see your point regarding the settlers. Unfortunately, as time goes on though and more settlers are turned into permanent residents then their influence increases.

Glad to see that you have already presented this study. It does sound as though this study needs a much bigger audience so that the UN, US and UK can get a real impression of the 'pulse' of the people as opposed tot he politicians.
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Postby brother » Thu Jun 16, 2005 10:48 am

I second the motion by mikkie, the relevant people should have a clear idea of the pulse of the people.
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Postby cannedmoose » Thu Jun 16, 2005 12:36 pm

http://www.fco.gov.uk/servlet/Front?pag ... 3618505169

I'm sure Alex has already sent it to this man... he should also forward it to the Cyprus Desk Officer at the FCO in London.
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Postby Alexandros Lordos » Thu Jun 16, 2005 1:22 pm

cannedmoose wrote:http://www.fco.gov.uk/servlet/Front?pagename=OpenMarket/Xcelerate/ShowPage&c=Page&cid=1007029395231&a=KOverseasMission&aid=1013618505169

I'm sure Alex has already sent it to this man... he should also forward it to the Cyprus Desk Officer at the FCO in London.


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