Saturday, May 27, 2017

Greek, Turkish Cypriots Link Arms for Unity; Both Sides Seek to Reunify the Divided Island

Dozens of Greek and Turkish Cypriots today (May 27, 2017) linked arms across a United Nations-controlled buffer zone cutting across ethnically divided Cyprus' capital of Nicosia to voice their support for a reunification agreement, according to the Washington Post website.

Beating drums, blowing whistles, and singing traditional Cypriot folk songs, the demonstrators said real peace lies in the hands of ordinary people from both sides of the divide as the Mediterranean island's reunification talks appear to be faltering.

Protesters said today's event was to remind politicians not to let ordinary people down. Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops seized control of the northern third of the island, which only Turkey recognizes.

Yesterday, a U.N. envoy called off mediation efforts with the island's Greek Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci after failing to find "common ground" on convening a final summit for an overall reunification agreement.

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