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Greek Cypriots believe a solution has never been closer but majority think Swiss efforts will ultimately be unsuccessful – poll

A poll carried out by Sigma and published on Sunday following President Nicos Anastasiades’ televised press conference on Friday night, found that 56 per cent of respondents believe a solution is closer than it ever has been before, while 44 per cent did not share this view.

According to the results of the telephone poll of 500 participants, 25 per cent were convinced by the president’s words and another 28 per cent said they were convinced to some degree. However 36 per cent were not completely satisfied with what he said about a settlement and another 11 per cent were not satisfied at all.

To the question whether they thought the current negotiations were leading to a better solution to the 2004 Annan plan, more than half (57 per cent) believe that it would be better, and 39 per cent believed it would be worse.

The withdrawal of Turkish troops was the biggest red line for 62 per cent of respondents, while 21 per cent believed it was necessary to abolish the guarantees as the top red line, and for 17 per cent it was the removal of Turkish settlers

People were evenly split on whether Anastasiades should have gone to Mont Perelin in Switzerland with the members of the national council, with 49 per cent saying he should and the same number saying he was correct in not taking them with him.

Despite the enthusiasm for a solution and the feeling this might be a better one than the Annan plan, 64 per cent believed the Swiss talks would not be successful.

And, although the majority were convinced by the positions of Anastasiades, 51 per cent did not trust his handling of the negotiations compared with 49 per cent who do.

The survey was conducted by IMR and the University of Nicosia.

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