23:26 GMT30 July 2021
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    Cyprus, which is divided into two parts for more than 40 years, has a "historic opportunity" for reunification during next year, Espen Barth Eide, the special adviser of the UN secretary-general on Cyprus, said Friday.

    ATHENS (Sputnik) — Cyprus has been partitioned since 1974, when Turkey occupied the island's north, later proclaiming the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC). Turkey maintains military presence in TRNC, which is only recognized by Ankara as an independent state.

    "The island stands on the cusp of reaping real political and economic benefits not only for Cypriots, but also beyond the island across the wider region… The peaceful reunification of the island next year could offer a historic opportunity to finally turn the page of history in Cyprus," Eide said, as quoted by The Cyprus Weekly newspaper.

    He added that President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci had demonstrated the will to end the long-time conflict.

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    Cyprus, Turkey, Nicos Anastasiades, Mustafa Akinci
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