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Article Title

The Cyprus Problem and Greek Cypriot Preferences for a Solution after Their “No” to the Annan Plan

Abstract

The Greek Cypriots made a clear choice to reject the Annan Plan for their country in a referendum in April 2004. The Annan Plan offered a dichotomous choice to the electorate to accept or reject a federal solution to reunite Cyprus. In this paper, the author investigates the Greek Cypriot population’s preferences for a solution to the Cyprus Problem by performing multivariate analyses of data obtained from one thousand Greek Cypriots following the April 2004 referendum. The analyses find that preferences for solutions are a function of age and attitudes towards the ability of the two communities to interact successfully. Younger Greek Cypriots tend to prefer some form of separation while the older ones prefer some form of unification. Those who feel that the communities can co-mingle tend to favor unification. Refugee status, socio-economic status, and educational levels appear to play little or no role in shaping preferences for a solution.

Author Bio(s)

Craig Webster earned a PhD in political science from Binghamton University, USA. He has taught at Binghamton University and Ithaca College. At present, he teaches at the College of Tourism and Hotel Management in Nicosia, Cyprus. His chief research interests are human rights policy, comparative foreign policy, and public opinion analysis. He is presently involved in in-depth econometric analyses of Greek Cypriot public opinion pertaining to issues related to the Cyprus Problem. He can be reached at Craig@cothm.ac.cy.

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