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Cyprus: Europe’s longest frozen conflict | The Economist

Cyprus is an island divided between the south and a self-declared Turkish republic in the north. Simon Mytides, a mayor in the south, and Nejded Enver, a mayor on the Turkish side of the border, consider the odds for reunification

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In 1974 the rulers of Greece plotted to annex Cyprus. They overthrew its government and installed a friendly regime. In response, Turkey invaded and occupied the north of the country. After partition, over 200,000 Greek and Turkish Cypriots were displaced.

The village of Pyla is located within the UN buffer zone. It is the only village on the island inhabited by both Greek and Turkish Cypriots.

Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders are engaged in talks to remove Europe’s last militarised border. Redefining the roles of Greece and Turkey will be key to their success.

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