One glance at the map shows you the importance of Cyprus. The eastern Mediterranean island is less than half the size of New Jersey, but its spot at the crossroads of Europe and the Middle East made it much fought-over for centuries. Since 1974, it’s been split along ethnic lines between the self-declared Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and in the south, the Republic of Cyprus. Only the Greek-speaking south is internationally recognized. A militarized buffer zone runs across the island and through the capital of Nicosia.
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