Cyprus is an unended conflict despite many intercommunal negotiations and the best efforts of the international community. The paper begins with a brief overview of the nature of settlements, followed by a synopsis of the recent history of the Cyprus conflict. The brunt of the paper is an analysis of contemporary Cyprus concentrating on the period since the Annan Plan, ending with the current intercommunal negotiations. The emphasis is on the difficulties in arriving at a settlement which help to explain why this protracted conflict remains neither settled nor resolved.
Protracted conflict, conflict settlement, Cyprus conflict, United Nations, European Union
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