By George Vassiliou
While George Vassiliou was once elected President in 1988, it used to be a shock to many of us within the overseas neighborhood, either inside of Cyprus and overseas. no longer affiliated to any political occasion, regardless of his family’s function within the production and improvement of AKEL, Cyprus’s left-wing circulation, Vassiliou was once in lots of methods an intruder. yet this place outdoors occasion politics proved to be a bonus, giving him a distinct standpoint at the overseas state of affairs and permitting him to target his final aim: an answer to the Cyprus factor. From the President’s workplace deals an entire and accomplished precis of the achievements of Vassiliou’s time in workplace along a frank critique in their barriers. It bargains a private and specific account of an important interval in Cyprus’s contemporary background through one of many best gamers in Cypriot politics. will probably be a useful source for college kids of diplomacy and clash solution in addition to someone wishing to appreciate the politics of Cyprus at the present time.
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Immediately after the agreement with the UN Secretary-General in August 1988 regarding the resumption of the negotiations, preparations started in earnest. We began by studying all the material accumulated during the negotiations that had taken place in Nicosia, Vienna and New York from December 1974 until March 1986, when the Secretary-General, Mr Pérez de Cuéllar, submitted his proposals for a solution of the Cyprus issue. Following this, we discussed in minute detail every single aspect of the Cyprus question, starting with territory and moving on to the constitution, the return of the refugees, the guarantees, the withdrawal of foreign troops and so on.
The Greek prime minister informed me that during his meeting with Őzal, who had visited Athens on 13 June 1988, the Cyprus issue was discussed at some length. Mr Papandreou put it clearly to Mr Őzal that the Cyprus issue was the key to any progress in the talks between the two countries. Mr Őzal made no specific promise, but seemed displeased by the fact that certain economic protocols that had been prepared were not signed. It was made clear to Mr Őzal that no protocol would be signed unless there was progress on the Cyprus issue.
34 Justifying the position of his party, the president of DISY Mr Clerides said that the 35 European countries advised Cyprus to accept the proposal for launching the 36 intercommunal dialogue. The same held true for the socialist and the non-aligned 37 countries. In Greece, the government, but also the opposition – New Democracy 38 and KKE, the communist party – recommended that we accept. Any continuation 39 of the stalemate was not in the interests of the Greek Cypriots added Mr Clerides. 40 It only perpetuated the situation and gave Turkey the chance to consummate the faits accomplis.