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Published: Monday, 3/3/2014


Hope for Cyprus

Greek and Turkish Cypriots are trying again to reunify Cyprus, which has been divided since 1974.

Both pieces of the eastern Mediterranean island have new presidents. Last month, they agreed to a confederation made up of separate constituent states. That’s definite progress.

Greek Cyprus must repay a $13.8 billion bailout it got last year from the International Monetary Fund and European Union. Turkey has problems that may make it less interested in holding onto Turkish Cyprus. Newly found deposits of natural gas would be most easily and cheaply transported to Europe through a pipeline from Cyprus to Turkey; that would require cooperation.

The United Nations will preside over the negotiation process. A successful international resolution of an old problem would be something to cheer.

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