03 January 2004

Cyprus in the new year

This year the internationally-recognized Republic of Cyprus, whose territory encompasses only the southern part of the island, is scheduled to join the European Union. Here is an article from the Turkish Press that sets out the position of the Turkish Republic on the island, as well as on Iraq: "2004 – The Year Of Cyprus And Iraq." President Bush has added his voice in favour of a settlement in the island: "Bush urges Greece to push for reunification of Cyprus." In the meantime, TRNC President Rauf Denktash has invited the leader of one of the opposition, pro-EU parties to form a government. Yet with a stalemate in the breakaway country's parliament, this effort may not meet with success and new elections may have to be held.

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