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Changing Concepts of Interest and the Annan Plan for Cyprus†

Changing Concepts of Interest and the Annan Plan for Cyprus† Turkish membership in the European Union is, like its Islamic alternative, as much about permanent friendships as permanent interests. Defining European interests might now be seen as an historical development from national to milieu interests. Turkish interests in a Cyprus settlement are discussed in terms of their impact on the integrity of the Turkish state and Turkey's economic interests. It is suggested that European interests lie in creating a future peace in the Eastern Mediterranean by taking seriously the EU's new self-defini- tion as a multicultural security actor protecting minorities and human rights. If there is to be peace between Turkey and Greece in the framework of the EU, the Annan Plan for a settlement between the Cypriot communities is likely to remain the best available option. I. INTRODUCTION On the principle that countries do not have permanent friends, but only perma- nent interests, Turkish diplomacy had done a remarkably effective job.' The maxim that states have permanent interests means different things in different contexts. William Hale invokes it here in the context of defending the Turkish Republic's policy of neutrality in the Second World War. However, the book on Turkish foreign policy from 1770 to 2000 from http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Yearbook of Minority Issues Online Brill

Changing Concepts of Interest and the Annan Plan for Cyprus†

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Brill
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Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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2211-6117
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10.1163/221161103X00085
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Abstract

Turkish membership in the European Union is, like its Islamic alternative, as much about permanent friendships as permanent interests. Defining European interests might now be seen as an historical development from national to milieu interests. Turkish interests in a Cyprus settlement are discussed in terms of their impact on the integrity of the Turkish state and Turkey's economic interests. It is suggested that European interests lie in creating a future peace in the Eastern Mediterranean by taking seriously the EU's new self-defini- tion as a multicultural security actor protecting minorities and human rights. If there is to be peace between Turkey and Greece in the framework of the EU, the Annan Plan for a settlement between the Cypriot communities is likely to remain the best available option. I. INTRODUCTION On the principle that countries do not have permanent friends, but only perma- nent interests, Turkish diplomacy had done a remarkably effective job.' The maxim that states have permanent interests means different things in different contexts. William Hale invokes it here in the context of defending the Turkish Republic's policy of neutrality in the Second World War. However, the book on Turkish foreign policy from 1770 to 2000 from

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European Yearbook of Minority Issues OnlineBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2002

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