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Cyprus: Reunification Proving Elusive [June 15, 2017]   [open pdf - 802KB]

"Six months into the year, a permanent solution that would end the island's division has remained elusive and, at the moment, stands teetering on the edge of reaching a historic agreement or ending this round of serious negotiations with yet another disappointing outcome, or as some suggest, a permanent end to the negotiations. [...] The United States has long maintained interest in a resolution of the Cyprus issue, in part because of the growing prospects that the Eastern Mediterranean, including Cyprus, can play an important role in contributing to regional stability and in energy development and supply. The Trump Administration has pledged continued support for the negotiations with the goal of a settlement, but the level of active engagement by the United States in the early part of the new Administration, as compared to U.S. engagement in 2016, has been slow to materialize. This may have been one reason why President Anastasiades, after his dinner at the UN in early June, travelled to Washington and met with Vice President Pence and others to seek assurance of U.S. support for the negotiations and for continued energy development. This report provides a brief overview of the history of the negotiations and a description of some of the issues involved in those talks."

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CRS Report for Congress, R41136
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2017-06-15
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