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Recently, an ‘Annan Plan’ to deal with the conflict in Syria started to hit international headlines. Interestingly, this is not the first time Kofi Annan has lent his name to a resolution plan.
In 1999, United Nations (UN) embarked in yet another imitative for the solution of the Cyprus problem, which resulted in the so-called ‘Annan Plan’, named after the then UN Secretary General Kofi Annan. This new effort was the product of widespread optimism for the resolution of the inter-communal dispute, facilitated by the European integration prospects for both Cyprus and Turkey. From the one hand, Cyprus’ European Union (EU) accession was hoped to become a catalyst for the resolution of the inter-communal dispute and EU entry of a united Cyprus. On the other hand, Turkey’s policy towards the Cyprus issue became much more flexible also due to a) the link between Turkey’s EU integration and Ankara’s contribution to the […]

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