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Nicosia Uncut

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Cold, hard, truth from the divided capital of Cyprus.

Andromachi Sophocleous & Kemal Baykallı, two peace activists/political analysts from the island of Cyprus, provide a unique and informed perspective on Cyprus-related politics, undoing official narratives dominating the discussion when it comes to Cyprus.
18 Episodes
Andromachi Sophocleous and Kemal Baykallı discuss Cyprus problem ahead of the informal 5+1 conference: expected strategy, basic assumptions, diplomatic leaks, involvement of the internationals, and how corruption is affecting the course of the peace process in Cyprus. Before 2004, the Cyprus solution process was mainly driven by the international community. Following the rejection of the Annan Plan, so-called “Cypriot-led process” was the name the game. Failure in Crans Montana effectively ended this period. Now, the international community and non-Cypriot actors are once more the main actors in the solution process. In order to converge positions, “constructive ambiguity” is employed as a tool. Will this save the day or are we about to find ourselves before yet another train crash? What was the EU’s failure last summer, particularly during Borrell’s visit? How did we react to that in our 4th episode which was aired on 3/7/2020? (Here is the link to our fourth episode: )
The first episode of 2021. Andromachi Sophocleous & Kemal Baykallı talk about their favorite topic: The Cyprus problem! What is the UN’s strategy to revitalize the solution process? What should we expect from the informal 5+1 conference which is expected to take place soon? How should we read the latest Cyprus report of the UN Secretary General to the UN Security Council? Which are the elephants in the room? Will Turkey’s new foreign policy attempts work? Latest statements from Greek Cypriot politicians, party feuds in the Turkish Cypriot politics. All in this episode of Nicosia Uncut.
In this last episode of 2020, Andromachi Sophocleous and Kemal Baykallı discuss what 2021 is likely to bring under four themes: Cyprus problem, local politics, normalization (pandemic, crossings, economy) and regional&global international politics. Nicosia Uncut continue to provide an insight from an independent Cypriot perspective free from official narratives. 00:00 Introduction 02:17 Cyprus problem 06:55 Local Cyprus politics on both sides of the divide 17:35 Normalization (pandemic) 20:00 Normalization (crossings) 22:40 Normalization (economy) 25:10 Regional and global international politics
Governing party right-wing DISY flirts with ultra right ELAM but the budget was rejected in the parliament. A fragile right-wing minority coalition on the other side of the divide. Turkey and Turkish Cypriots are now back to singing the old “two-state solution” tune, while UN official Lute is visiting capitals for a possible informal five-party conference. 2020 is almost over and this episode does not portray a rosy picture. #Cyprus
Tension grows before the EU summit where possible sanctions against Turkey are on the agenda. Stormy waters in domestic politics on both sides of the divide. Despite all, the Turkish Cypriot youth continue to be a glimmer of hope for peace in Cyprus. Andromachi Sophocleous and Kemal Baykallı discuss the latest local and international developments affecting the divided island of Cyprus. 00:00 Introduction 01:15 EU Council and decisions about Turkey 13:15 Latest in the Greek Cypriot politics 17:20 Latest in the Turkish Cypriot politics 21:30 Turkish Cypriot youth marching for peace #BarışÇünkü A young Turkish Cypriot peace activist, Melis Güvenir, explains why they march for peace (in Turkish language.)
Turkish Cypriots marched again! This time against the picnic in Varosha..and Turkey’s intervention in their affairs. On the other side of the divide, Covid measures created resentment. In a parallel universe, Andromachi Sophocleous and Kemal Baykalli, producers of Nicosia Uncut and peace activists at #UniteCyprusNow were hosted by bilingual Μαζί/Birlikte program at CyBC/PIK. You can watch the show here:
“Isn’t it amazing that you are marching against the corruption and we are marching against Turkey’s intervention into Turkish Cypriot politics, in fact, the Cyprus problem is the source of all..” Andromachi Sophocleous and Kemal Baykallı continue to bring you the latest update from the divided capital, providing you a Cypriot perspective from the island of Cypriots. 00:00 Introduction 01:00 Should we expect a new policy towards Cyprus after the US elections? 04:55 Biggest right-wing TC political party could not choose a leader 14:20 Turkish Cypriots are organizing a protest, what do they want? 16.14 Greek Cypriots are marching against corruption
Right wing nationalist UBP’s Ersin Tatar finished the race as winner with 51.7% against 48.3% after a difficult and polarized second round. Pro-federal solution and outgoing leader Mustafa Akinci lost his seat and announced ending his political career after Turkey’s open and direct involvement in favour of winning Tatar. In this episode of Nicosia Uncut, Kemal Baykallı and Andromachi Sophocleous provide a detailed analysis on the reasons of Tatar’s win and the immediate outcomes of this election. 00.00 Introduction and presentation of results 01.43 Presenting the candidates’ positions Five reasons why Akinci lost and Tatar won 02:51 Reason 1: Failure of solution process in Crans Montana 07:42 Reason 2: Economic dependence of the Turkish Cypriots 08:52 Reason 3: Negative climate, closure of crossings and demos 13:57 Reason 4: How Turkey involved heavily 19:00 Reason 5: Party politics and UBP’s expectancy to lead the new coalition Four outcomes 21:00 Outcome 1: Finally enhancing pro-solution left wing 22:22 Outcome 2: A new generation of politically motivated youth 24:12 Outcome 3: Polarization of urban votes vs rural votes 25:47 Outcome 4: Resistance of Turkish Cypriots against intervention One observation 28:00 How GC leadership will reposition itself
It was a very emotional day for many Cypriots, particularly for Famagustians. Allowing access to the coastal part of fenced town Varosha opened old wounds and created mixed reactions. This was done right before the elections in the north. The development further stirred the elections atmosphere which had already been tense due to the interference of Turkey on behalf of one of the candidates. Andromachi Sophocleous and Kemal Baykallı share their opinions and observations and convey reflections from both communities. 00.00 Varosha 20.15 Elections
This week we have a special guest. Dr.Nasia Hadjigeorgiou has carried out an extensive research on the work of the Committee on Missing Persons (CMP) in Cyprus and discuss with us her findings and observations regarding the work of the committee and what needs to be done to finally heal an open wound.
Podcast from the divided capital of Cyprus. In this episode, Andromachi Sophocleous provides an insight on the latest EU Council Meeting, expectations of the Republic of Cyprus, use of veto to block sanctions against Belarus, reference of the resumption of Cyprus problem talks and how whole saga was reflected on the Greek Cypriot press. First round of elections will take place on the 11th of October in the north, Kemal Baykallı discusses the campaigns, leading candidates, main issues and the role of Turkey in the elections. Listen it from the locals! 00.00 Introduction 01.40 What was Republic of Cyprus’ strategy at the summit? 03.20 EU’s reaction to Cyprus’ position 04:10 Veto is a double-edged sword 07.12 Reflections on the Greek Cypriot press: EU Summit and Greco-Turkish talks 09.52 Turkish-Greek relations within the context of NATO and the EU 11:00 Where is Cyprus problem in all that? Demolishing the myths 17:00 Why are the Turkish Cypriot elections crucial? What are the main discussion topics? 20:00 TV debate of the main candidates 22:00 How Turkey’s interference in the elections is backfiring. 24:40 Potential names for the second round, expected turnout 27.38 Voting patterns and Christophoros Christophorou’s study on groups
What a mess! Cyprus found itself it the heart of a diplomatic mess in the area of international relations, multiple interests are at stake. Turkish Cypriots experienced panic with the rise of number of new Covid-19 cases eventually cancelling all commercial flights. And how will this affect the elections? Andromachi Sophocleous and Kemal Baykalli are trying to make sense in the middle of a chaotic mess! 00:00 Welcome and introduction 02:00 Cyprus, EU and sanctions for Belarus 03:30 Where is Russia in this equation? 05:30 Public opinion towards the RoC foreign policy 06:35 What shapes the European perception towards Cyprus? 09:11 The potential developments from now on 11:38 Where are the Turkish Cypriots in this? And the current priorities. 12:44 Latest panic regarding Covid-19 21:40 Feedback by our listener on the EU’s role in Cyprob. Nicosia Uncut – Episode 7 Video Teaser
Despite all odds, Andromachi Sophocleous and Kemal Baykallı continue to discuss the recent political developments from Cyprus. Turkish-Greek relations, tension in Eastern Mediterranean, elections in north and Varosha. Can buffer-zone buffer the heat? And the best place to swim on the East. 00.00 – Intro and Covid-19 update from both sides 03.35 – Turkish-Greek confrontation and developments in East Med 08.25 – Why Cyprus is sidelined and Cyprob is now part of a bigger deal 14.15 – Turkey’s power game in Varosha 19.40 – Latest on the Turkish Cypriot elections
In this episode of Nicosia Uncut, Andromachi Sophocleous and Kemal Baykalli discuss about bayram celebrations in old Cyprus, interesting developments in elections on both parts of the divide and get into the details regarding the latest attempts of de-escalation of crisis in Greco-Turkish relations. Is Cyprus being sidelined? 00:00 Intro and old Bayrams in Cyprus04.10 Latest on Turkish Cypriot elections07:30 Local elections in Aglantzia14:25 Turkish-Greek relations and Cyprus28.40 Warmongering on social/media
In this episode of Nicosia Uncut, Andromachi Sophocleous and Kemal Baykalli discuss EU Foreign Affairs Minister Josep Borrel’s visit to Cyprus and how he had to call Akinci to fix the sour taste after his departure. How could he make this mistake? Had he not been informed properly? Also, in theory, crossings points are open but no, in reality they are not. As a demonstration of the conservative nature of the society, a high school girl was targeted by institutions for her article on school gazette. Maybe we should also start writing in school publications?
In this episode of Nicosia Uncut, Andromachi Sophocleous and Kemal Baykalli discuss the mainstream xenophobic rhetoric in Cyprus within the framework of global movements against extremism. Such double standards can be observed on both sides of the divide, yet there is some hope when the younger generations stand up against hypocrisy, xenophobia and extremism. It is particularly hopeful to observe when members of each community embrace self-criticism as a tool for progress and mutual understanding.
In this episode of Nicosia Uncut, Andromachi Sophocleous and Kemal Baykalli share their views on perceptions on the island, the Turkish Cypriot economy and the energy sector with a view to the future.
In this first episode of Nicosia Uncut, Andromachi Sophocleous and Kemal Baykalli explain the motivation for this podcast and evaluate the developments on both sides of the divide with a particular emphasis on Varosha and Turkish Cypriot elections.
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