The president of Cyprus has voiced cautious hope that a deal to end 40 years of division on the island could be signed this year, but said vital issues including the withdrawal of Turkish troops were still to be resolved.
Nicos Anastasiades, leader of the internationally recognised Greek Cypriot government, told the Financial Times that 2016 would be a “crucial year” for the island. As long as there was sufficient progress on issues such as territorial adjustments, security guarantees and troop withdrawals then “I do expect we could find a solution within this year”.
“In the event of a solution, Cyprus would be a model for coexistence between Muslims and Christians,” he added.
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