Britain optimistic of breakthrough in resolving Cyprus dispute

Thanasis Gavos   Thu, 14 Jan 2016; 12:56

Ethnically-split Cyprus may be nearing a breakthrough in resolving its four-decade old partition, Britain’s foreign minister said on Thursday, as momentum builds for a possible progress in peace talks this year.

The island was divided in a Turkish invasion in 1974, triggered by a brief Greek-inspired coup. Greek Cypriots live in its south and Turkish Cypriots in its north, separated by a ceasefire line monitored by United Nations peacekeepers.

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