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The Cyprus Question: Its Dimensions, Implications, And Prospects For A Solution

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The Cyprus problem in its essence is an international problem of aggression, invasion, occupation, and of massive violation of human rights. As the Cyprus Government made clear, there really is no prospect for negotiated progress unless the Turkish Cypriot leadership unequivocally accepts Resolution 939, including paragraph 2. It renders Cyprus a test-case of unremedied aggression, continuing occupation, and a massive violation of human rights. Second, the term "action" could not be interpreted as meaning the use of "armed force." Under the principle of construction ut res magis valeat quam pereat, "action" should be interpreted as meaning peaceful action. The situation in Cyprus can be resolved permanently through the application of international rules and principles. Distinct from the moral and geopolitical reasons for the United States to exercise its influence toward implementation of the United Nations resolutions on Cyprus, a legal case can also effectively be made.

Keywords:aggression; Cyprus; human rights; International law dimension; invasion; Turkish; United Nations resolutions; United States; ut res magis valeat quam pereat



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