This work traces the attempts by the United Nations to bring about the reunification of Cyprus prior to the island's accession to the European Union on 1 May 2004. In addition to charting the course of previous efforts to solve the Cyprus issue, the book recounts the direct discussions between the two sides from January 2002 through to April 2004, when a UN-sponsored peace plan was defeated in a referendum. The book pays particular attention to the ways in which the positions of the main protagonists - Turkey, the Turkish Cypriots and the Greek Cypriots - changed during the two and half years of negotiations and analyses how the best chance to solve the Cyprus issue in thirty years eventually failed despite the best efforts of the United Nations, the European Union and the United States.
James Ker-Lindsay is Eurobank Senior Research Fellow in the Politics of South East Europe at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He writes on conflict, peace and security in the Western Balkans and Eastern Mediterranean and on issues relating to secession and state recognition.
His most recent books are an edited volume on the role of civil society in the Western Balkans (Palgrave Macmillan) and an authored book on how states prevent the recognition of secessionist territories (Oxford University Press). His is currently completing an edited volume on the Cyprus Problem, which will be published by I.B.Tauris.
He has lived in Greece and Cyprus.