An Approach to Making Cyprus a Reunited and Independent State.
Strategy research rept.,
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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This paper is based on the personal experiences of the author as Commanding Officer of the Argentine Task Force in Cyprus during 1996 and on other sources of information about this ancient and often-contested island. It describes the situation in Cyprus from the historical geographic and political perspectives. It also analyzes the strategic situation of the island and the interests of the neighboring countries and major powers in it. The paper concludes with the authors suggested approach to a solution of the on-going conflict. A solution to the conflict can best be achieved by accepting the existing divisions between the Greek and Turkish communities and areas and then working on the social-psychological and economic levels to achieve the cooperation and confidence building that will make possible political cooperation in the future. This alternative is preferable to the attempts at high-level political settlements that have been tried unsuccessfully in the past. The author maintains that despite the difficult situation Cyprus has faced in the past the people of both the Greek and Turkish communities want to and deserve to live in peace in a reunited republic. This would serve to safeguard the interests and existence of both communities promote the prosperity of the country and enhance the security of the eastern Mediterranean.
- Government and Political Science