The status quo in Cyprus and the way forward?

19 March 2015

In this policy briefing, Ergün Olgun, Turkish Cypriot Chief Negotiator, set out his views on how the Turkish Cypriots see the situation in relation to the UN-led peace talks about achieving a settlement in Cyprus and what he sees as the prospects for the next round of negotiations. He expressed his commitment towards achieving a settlement and expressed optimism that it would be achieved. He conceded that the discovery that there may be hydrocarbons off Cyprus had led to the break-up of negotiations. However, he argued that a period of approximately three months in the next weeks or so when both sides will stop technical maritime activities related to the hydrocarbons could facilitate movement on the Cyprus issue if the situation is managed well.