The president of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades, in a Handelsblatt interview said he believes an end to the division of the Mediterranean island is possible before the end of the year.
“If both sides can show understanding for the other community’s concerns and if Turkey contributes to a fair solution, we could be successful this year,” he said.
A reunited Cyprus, located off the coasts of Syria and Turkey, would benefit the European Union in its efforts to counter international terrorism. Cyprus could be a “base for the fight against terrorism” and help secure Europe’s energy supply with its vast natural gas resources, he said.
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