Plan B or what?
What are Turks trying to do in Cyprus? What might be the aim behind Turkish Cypriot President Mustafa Akıncı's decision to allow former residents of three Maronite villages to return to their former homes or heralding thousands of former residents of former touristic resort Varosha suburb of Famagusta that permission for their return might be in the cards?
While there is suspicion among some skeptical circles on the Greek Cypriot side that "Turks might be implementing a comprehensive Plan B and these are just the opening pages of that plan," the nationalist and conservative segments on the Turkish Cypriot side complain that with such unilateral concessions, instead of a comprehensive settlement, the Akıncı team has apparently started pursuing a "peace by peace settlement," which might produce very serious consequences for Turkish Cypriots and their struggle to achieve a Cyprus settlement on the basis of political equality.
Confidence building measures had little success on Cyprus and most often were victim to prejudices. Within the framework of many collapsed confidence building packages, the reopening of Varosha to its former residents under U.N. control - as stipulated by a 1974-dated U.N. Security Council resolution - until a Cyprus accord is reached, was suggested many times. In some proposals, in exchange for such a step by the Turkish Cypriots, the Greek Cypriot administration was asked to accept reopening the Nicosia International Airport to the mutual use of the two peoples of the island, in most cases Greek Cypriots agreeing to the opening of the Turkish Cypriot Famagusta port to maritime travel and trade between the island and the EU was suggested. Greek Cypriots each time refused any such deal on grounds the status of the Turkish Cypriot...