Graduate Center for Social and Public Policy
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts
Charles F. Hanna
Mary F. Antolini
Cooperation between Greek and Turkish cypriots, Nicosia Master Plan
The Nicosia Master Plan reflects the courageous vision of Lellos Demetriades and Mustafa Akinci- the former Mayors, respectively, of the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities of Nicosia. While both leaders looked forward to a common solution to the political crisis they believed that no time should be lost in dealing with the immediate problems of a divided city. They worked on a common sewage system that was a pressing need at that time on both sides of Nicosia.
This thesis examined the process that was used to develop the Nicosia Master Plan. The success of this cooperation was due to mutual need, unifying leadership and political will. The question is whether any of the factors that allowed its success can be used to facilitate the process that needs to occur between the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot leaderships in regard to the future status of Cyprus in the European Union.
As a conclusion, it can be said that mutual needs and political will do exist on the island on different levels for the Turkish Cypriots and the Greek Cypriots. Unifying leadership has been missing on both sides. As of May 1, 2004 Cyprus will officially join the European Union. Whether it goes as a united or divided island will be up to Turkey's determination to solve the Cyprus problem, and the two communities' genuine desire to unite their island.
Akinci, D. (2004). Case Study: Nicosia Master Plan; Cooperation in the Midst of Conflict (Master's thesis, Duquesne University). Retrieved from http://ddc.duq.edu/etd/4