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.
It is 43 years since Turkey intervened in Cyprus in the wake of violent clashes to prevent the forced unificatıon with Greece. Since then the island remains divided despite several peace talks.
Diplomatic efforts to reunite the island have failed after it was split into northern and southern territories in 1974 after Turkey intervened militarily following a Greek-inspired coup designed to annex Cyprus to Greece.
Crossing the buffer zone in Cyprus will soon mean entering a new time zone. The Turkish Cypriot government has decided to stick to summertime hours throughout the year.
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