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The logic of the ‘catalytic effect’ provided the chance to break the intransigence on the Turkish Cypriot side. However, the election of a national hardliner on the part of the Greek Cypriots was never anticipated. It is rather unfortunate – or even ironic – that the ‘catalytic effect’, and with it a solution, failed to materialise due to Greek Cypriot intransigence. Conclusion The unusual decision to allow the accession of a divided country is most of all the product of Greek persistent diplomatic efforts.
The pressure from other EU Member States not to mix up the accession of Cyprus with extraneous issues would probably have been much larger if the Turkish and Turkish Cypriot attitude towards the conflict had not been interpreted as completely intransigent by the THE POLITICS OF ACCESSION 33 EU. An ambiguity existed between the desirable (‘No accession without solution’) and the achievable (‘Fifth enlargement round only by admission of Cyprus’). The counterfactual considerations of what would have happened if either Greece had not dropped its vetolobbying for the Republic or the EU had not fulfilled the membership desire of the Republic are interesting.
18. 23. Yannos Kranidiotis, Greek Foreign Policy: Thoughts and Quandaries on the Eve of the 21st Century (Athens: Sideris, 1999), p. 209. 24. Quoted in Erhard Franz, ‘Die Türken vor Brüssel, Der lange Weg der Türkei in die Europäische Union’, in Hanspeter Mattes, Nahost Jahrbuch 2000 (Opladen: Deutsches Orient-Institut, 2001), p. 194. 25. Tassos Papadopoulos, Declaration by the President of the Republic Mr Tassos Papadopoulos regarding the referendum of 24th April 2004, 7 April 2004 26. Ibid. 2 LEGAL ASPECTS OF MEMBERSHIP Nikos Skoutaris The EU’s historical success as a peacemaker between France and Germany has inspired many to wonder whether the Union may also bring peace to other conflict zones especially in Europe.