There were more developments in the very thorny question of whether a united Cyprus will enter the European Union on May 1st, as the largest Greek Cypriot political party indicated that it would not support the United Nations' plan to reunite the island. Earlier this week, Russia vetoed a United Nations resolution that was designed to encourage a yes vote on the plan. Both Greek and Turkish Cypriots will vote on the plan this weekend, and early opinion polls indicate that close to 65% of Greek Cypriots will not support the current plan, which was drawn up by the UN Secretary General Kofi Annan. These indicators have disappointed diplomats and politicians, many of whom have waited over thirty years to see a reconciliation of the two sides. If either side rejects this specific plan, membership in the EU will apply only for the Greek Cypriots, which would effectively leave Turkish Cypriots out of the various benefits that would become available if they were effectively part of the EU.
The first link will take visitors to an online BBC news piece about the recent developments on Cyprus regarding the upcoming referendum on the UN plan for unification. The second link (free anonymous registration required) leads to a news piece from the Washington Post about Russia's veto on the proposed security arrangements detailed within the reunification plan. The third link, provided by the Turkish Press, offers some comments on the future of Cyprus from the Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The fourth link is provided by the European Union, and provides detailed information about the current state of Cyprus, along with background material on its government, demographics, and history. The fifth link leads to Greek News, a Greek-American online weekly, which contains links to coverage of the ongoing debates about the reunification of Cyprus and related issues. The sixth and final link leads to a rather nice feature provided again by the BBC on the issues surrounding the continuing conflicts on the island of Cyprus.