Negotiations for the settlement of the Cyprus question have resumed amid a pressing geopolitical and economic reality. Greek and Turkish Cypriots adopt distinct interpretations of the United Nations–designated recipe for a bicommunal and bizonal federation in Cyprus. In the relative absence of major normative preconditions for settlement, including a lack of common vision and mutual trust, the pillar notions of federalism and consociationalism have been adapted to serve each side's vital security concerns and to increase each side's leverage in a future federal arrangement in Cyprus. This study conducted an opinion poll of young, educated Greek Cypriots to identify the preferred type of constitutional settlement in the context of a number of perceived motives, constraints, and preconditions. The findings of this survey reveal substantial consensus on the acceptance of a bizonal, bicommunal solution. Yet acceptance of a federal solution is subject to certain prerequisites. The study reveals the varying influence of current economic concerns on a prospective solution.
Ethnic Federalism and Power Sharing in Cyprus: Motives, Constraints, and Preconditions
Pavlos I. Koktsidis, Menelaos Apostolou; Ethnic Federalism and Power Sharing in Cyprus: Motives, Constraints, and Preconditions. Mediterranean Quarterly 1 September 2016; 27 (3): 105–134. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/10474552-3697865
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