Turkey’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlut Cavusoglu says political solutions will emerge in the Eastern Mediterranean when people “learn to share in compliance with the law."
Maronite Christians used to live in a handful of villages in the north of the island, but most left when fighting started between Turkish and Greek Cypriots and the island was partitioned in 1974.
The opening of the Dherynia border post in the east and the Lefka crossing in the northwest is the first such step to end the 44-year frozen conflict between Turkish Cypriots and Greek Cypriots in eight years.
Turkey's Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy said it is "that it is time to try a new way" to solve 44 years of division on the island of Cyprus.
The talks, being hosted by the United Nations in Cyprus, follow decades of failure to reach an agreement over the reunification of the ethnically-divided eastern Mediterranean island.
Cypriots are voting Sunday to choose a president who could break a cycle of failure in talks to reunify the ethnically split island-nation — and deliver the benefits of a rebounding economy to citizens still recovering from a severe economic crisis.
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