By James Ker-Lindsay
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Extra resources for An Island in Europe: The EU and the Transformation of Cyprus
Instead of a long-term strategy for dealing with Cyprus, the accession process of the island was an incremental process, owing to the utilisation of the intergovernmental unanimity requirements by Athens. Without the membership of Greece, the Cyprus imbroglio would have probably continued to remain a distant conflict and any membership application would have been put on ice, unless a solution to the ethnic conflict had been found. Thus, the EU membership of Greece, and its persistent lobbying for the Republic of Cyprus, is vital to understanding why the EU proceeded with its membership application.
37 This provision, together with Article 6 of Protocol No 3 of the Act of Accession, provided the legal basis for the adoption of the Green Line Regulation,38 which constitutes the main legislative device for the partial application of the acquis in the northern part of the island. As shall be seen, the framework provided by that Regulation has managed to lift partially but effectively39 the isolation of the Turkish Cypriot community without recognising any other authority on the island apart from the legitimate Government of the Republic.
Therefore, the EU Member States did not want to get involved in the Cyprus conflict at all. Particularly because no danger was emanating from Cyprus in terms of the ‘Southern Threat’: the island was westoriented and politically stable on both sides of the island, despite the THE POLITICS OF ACCESSION 25 division. Finding a coherent approach to balancing the conflicting interests in the confused Cyprus situation was very delicate. From an historical viewpoint it is interesting to note that apart from a number of declarations and resolutions, the Community has never played an important role in the dispute nor ever suggested a concrete plan for its solution.
An Island in Europe: The EU and the Transformation of Cyprus by James Ker-Lindsay