Cyprus Problem: History and Present

DOI: 10.20542/0131-2227-2019-63-2-75-84

A. Suleymanov (, 
Lobachevsky State University of Nizhny Novgorod, 23, Gagarina Prosp., Nizhny Novgorod, 603000, Russian Federation 

Abstract. The article analyzes the Cyprus problem, which belongs to the most complicated unresolved international conflicts of the 20th and 21st century. The specifics of this conflict are seen through the prism of existing ethnic contradictions between Turkish and Greek populations of the island, as well as of a political struggle between Turkey, Greece and Britain in the Mediterranean in the second half of the 20th century. In this regard, the author makes a comparative historical analysis of the relationship between Turkish and Greek communities on the island. Special attention is also paid to the proposed plans and opinions of Turkish, Greek, Cypriot and UN officials (e. g. Kofi Annan Plan) concerning a significant reduction of tension between the Turks and the Greeks in Cyprus and transition of the conflict to the legal and financial spheres. The author concludes that the main reason for the insolubility of the Cyprus problem is the presence of many obstacles at once – a controversial policy of Turkey, Greece, the UK and the EU in the Mediterranean, the lack of an established Cypriot identity, the unwillingness of countries to make concessions, their economic disagreements, and ignoring of UN resolutions. 

Keywords: Cyprus, Turkey, Greece, Great Britain, EU, Cyprus problem, Turco-Greek relations, enosis, Macmillan Plan, Annan Plan 


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Suleymanov A. Cyprus Problem: History and Present . World Eonomy and International Relations, 2019, vol. 63, no. 2, pp. 75-84.

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