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George S. Yiangou

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The fact that the international conflict over the Aland Islands early in the twentieth century was resolved by an international organisation and that the resulting political engineering proved viable through time, has aroused interest in Aland and its progress since decades. As a result many multicultural societies confronted with situations of ethnic conflict have used the autonomous status of this Swedish­ speaking province of the Republic of Finland as a source of inspiration. This article examines as to whether the Aland model could be adopted and/or applied into the particular conflict situation in Cyprus with a view to achieving peaceful governance. More specifically it evaluates the significance of the Aland to Cyprus as a model relating to issues of regional autonomy, demilitarisation and EU membership.

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