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Will Cyprus Unite?

Cypriot unification talks failed last week and the island's Greek and Turkish residents will now have to vote on a UN plan. DW-WORLD readers comment on whether unification is likely.

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Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash opposes unification.

Simple people want a solution as they are tired of this situation. Joining the EU was a hope for a solution. We were prepared that we had to make up for our past mistakes. But the fourth plan of the UN not only supports militarization on this island but leaves no hope for peace in the area. Global Interests have other plans which make the situation in the area even more insecure. The U.S. and Britain have openly made it very clear that if we do not follow their plan we will pay bitterly. Only the EU excluding Britain can help. Otherwise this last plan just creates fear in the area. -- Evelyn Christodoulou

I have lived in Turkey for many years and have been pleased to observe a genuine commitment on the part of the Turkish government to finding a permanent and workable solution to the issue of Cyprus. I am, however, of the firm belief that the Annan plan likely faces rejection by the Greek Cypriots. The two sides on the island of Cyprus have lived apart for so long it may be impossible to construct a united state. -- Gary Chambers

The latest revision does not benefit the Greek side at all. If the Greeks were Palestinians, would this even be proposed? Why don't we get to the point and allow all the Turks to remain, but they should only receive 18 percent of the land to coincide with their population which would even be less if there weren't Turkish mainland settlers. I would then concede that no Greeks would return to their prior homes but receive compensation from the returned land and money- After all, something is better than nothing and in the status quo world they get nothing. -- Peter Menounos

To agree to the terms set out by Kofi Annan would mean that Cyprus would be legally divided, and it would legalize the illegal, and unfair invasion by Turkey. The Turks are doing their utmost to usurp the north of Cyprus by pretending that they don't trust the Greeks. It is the Turks who are the aggressors. It would be an injustice to all free peoples if such an act was to be made legal, and acceptable. To split Cyprus, and forbid Greeks from returning to their homes, will fuel hate and Cyprus will become a hot-spot. Freedom will allow peace and a greater integration of both communities to flourish in the years to come. That is what we have in England, why not in Cyprus? The Greeks and Turks live like brothers in the UK, why not in Cyprus? -- Nick Katsiaounis



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