A number of analysts have urged cautious optimism when it comes to the future ofpeace talks over the ethnically divided island of Cyprus, drawing similarities with past disappointments during negotiations to reunify the island.
Prospects for a successful resolution of the dispute between the ethnic Turkish and Greek communities in Cyprus seem to have increased, with Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (KKTC) President Mustafa Akıncı and Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades making positive remarks concerning a quick resolution to the peace talks.
Cyprus has been divided between a Greek Cypriot south and a Turkish Cypriot north since 1974, when Turkey sent troops to the island in the aftermath of a Greece-backed coup that sought to unite the island with Greece. The Greek Cypriot administration is internationally recognized as representing the entire island, while only Turkey recognizes the KKTC.
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