Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders have agreed to work together, and according to a statement “reach as soon as possible, a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus question.” We may be very close to a solution to Cyprus’ division…let’s hope that all negotiating parties can make the islands reunification a reality.
The Cyprus dispute — or Cyprus question, shifted from a colonial dispute following the annexation of the island by the British Empire in 1914. It became an ethnic one in 1974.
Turkish troops invaded northern Cyprus in response to a coup carried out by Greek Cypriot supporters and occupied what is internationally recognized as the Republic of Cyprus. They formed the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, which doesn’t have any international recognition apart from within Turkey. The Mediterranean island was split into two.
In 2004, Cyprus became a member of the European Union — but only the southern Greek Cypriot region — the northern part which is only recognized internationally by Turkey, a country still negotiating its membership of the EU which remains divided as to whether Turkey should join at all.
Negotiations for Turkey’s accession to the EU have been overshadowed…………………
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