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Cyprus Talks - Your Views

As rival leaders of the divided island of Cyprus meet in Nicosia, BBC website readers from the island have been sending in their expectations on whether a new round of peace negotiations may prove more successful than those of the past.

THE OPTIMISTS

My hopes are that these, and any following talks, prove to be a gateway between both sides. This problem has gone on long enough, and most people I know would like to see the Island reunited. They always got on well before 1974, and lived happily for many years. I wish them success.
Marjorie Hughes, Paphos, Cyprus

I am expecting the stalemate of 34 years to be broken and a "miracle solution" to emerge. This belief is based on an analysis of current international power games rather than internal political dynamics. The West wants to dangle the carrot of eventual EU membership before certain Caucasian countries, and this only makes sense if Turkey becomes a member. The Cyprus problem is the main obstacle to this and I thus expect it to disappear.
Tim Drayton, Limassol, Cyprus

This is the first time since the 1974 conflict that two moderate leaders will try to solve the Cyprus problem. I hope and I believe this time things will be different with a positive outcome. My only concern is the fact that the Turkish-Cypriot leader can not negotiate on his own, as he is strictly following Ankara's policies, sometimes even against his own will.
Stavros A, Limassol, Cyprus

Fingers crossed for success this time. There will never be so good an opportunity again.
Jean Sadler, Larnaka, Cyprus

We sit and wait with high hopes that today's negotiations will end positively in the near future, and that no more Cyprus negotiations will be needed in the future. The time has come to re-approach each other officially, reunite the island, live in peace and prosper as a united European Union member state island!
Costa Constanti, Nicosia, Cyprus

Here we are again. But this time Cypriots have good chance for unification. First of all, Talat and Christofias, are firm friends, and second they were the leaders of two long-time peace strugglers for decades now. It is the time, and if Cypriots miss this one again, then this highway will have another exit only 20 years later.
Ulas Baris, Nicosia, Cyprus

THE PESSIMISTS

These meetings and negotiations have been going on for decades without any results. As long as the UN Security Council resolutions and basic human rights cannot be respected and the US has no immediate interest to force a permanent solution, what is the point of any negotiations? I'm a refugee in my own country and I'm restricted access to my birth place and my only property; we are fed up with all politicians from both communities who have failed to deliver any just results for the last 34 years. We all want a just and peaceful settlement that would respect all human rights and freedoms.

Peter, Nicosia, Cyprus

I'm a Greek Cypriot. All Governments (UK, US and EU) are biased towards Turkey. As long as this bias exists, a fair solution will never be reached. The Turkish army and Turkish settlers must leave the Island. Cyprus belongs to the Cypriots (Cypriots as in Turkish and Greek Cypriots). Turkey/UK/USA/EU must not get involved.
Zac, London

The most realistic, durable, permanent and trouble-free solution in Cyprus is one based on two independent states, both members of the EU, each one running its own affairs, and existing peacefully side by side. Greeks do not, deep down, want to give the "minority" Turks a say in running the whole of Cyprus. Turks, remembering the dark 1963-1974 period, and fearful of Greek domination and suppression, are deeply suspicious of any kind of integration. Any "peace" that may come out of the current talks, I'm afraid, will only be transient, and our children will still be struggling to solve the "Cyprus" problem.
Zeki Bayram, Famagusta, North Cyprus

Although all the people of Cyprus need the reunification of the island I am afraid that Turkey is not ready to accept the resolutions of the United Nations on the problem. Mr Talat is not in a position to negotiate. The decisions are taken by Turkey.
Michael Christoforou, Lefkosia, Cyprus





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