Nicosia Uncut – Episode 35: RoC’s U-turn from sanctions to CBMs (17/2/2022)

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Handover ceremony of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the newly-appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, by the outgoing Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Nikos Christodoulides. (Photo by CNA)
Nicosia Uncut
Nicosia Uncut
Nicosia Uncut - Episode 35: RoC's U-turn from sanctions to CBMs (17/2/2022)

Since the collapse of the talks in Crans Montana, Anastasiades government has dedicated all its foreign policy capital in isolating Turkey through various diplomatic tools. Apart from a number of regional agreements (which were highlighted with tantamount ceremonies), the Republic of Cyprus has used its EU membership to push, unsuccessfully, for European sanctions against Turkey. The Greek Cypriot mainstream media did not hesitate to portray such “glorious diplomatic victories” on their front pages, radio and TV stations were filled with strategic experts praising government’s strategic steps in the international arena. It seems that all went down the drain after the appointment of the new foreign minister who publicly declared the end of this policy in favour of confidence building measures. All those who had rush to teach patriotic lessons to the critics of RoC’s impotent alienation strategy turned a blind eye to this change. In this episode of Nicosia Uncut, Andromachi Sophocleous and Kemal Baykallı, discuss the new Greek Cypriot foreign policy that are crowned with good old confidence building measures (CBMs), Turkey’s attempts to prove itself as a trusted NATO ally in the Ukraine crisis, local politics on both sides of the divide (presidential race in the south and yet-to-be-formed coalition in the north)… and long queues at the crossing points!

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