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Cyprus: a real chance at unification?

Following the economic crisis and with a new agreement on the table, there is unprecedented impetus for unifying Cyprus—but the two sides must overcome their violent history

By Charlie Askew  

The UN buffer zone between northern and southern Cyprus ©Jpatokal/WMCommons

As deep-seated tensions and divisions elsewhere in Europe reach breaking point, away from the headlines the small island of Cyprus has taken another faltering step towards a long overdue unification. This outpost of Europe, adrift in the turbulent seas of the Middle East, has been split for the last 40 years between a Greek south and Turkish north. In the last few weeks, however, progress towards unification has been made.

After months of painstaking negotiation, a joint agreement has been signed between…

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