On 8 November 2001, Denktash surprised everyone.1 In a letter to Clerides he called for a face-to-face meeting. This would allow him to explain his thoughts on the dangers of EU accession without a solution and open the way for the two leaders to discuss, openly and honestly, the latest developments on the island. Insisting that his offer was genuine, and based solely on good intentions, his only request was that the meeting should not involve outsiders. In particular he wanted to avoid the presence of Alvaro de Soto, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Advisor for Cyprus. Despite the fact that the Peruvian diplomat had led the proximity talks the previous year, Denktash felt that de Soto failed to understand the ‘realities’ of the island.2
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