[ View the story "Cyprus: reunification?" on Storify] Cyprus: reunification? Obstacles remain as leaders continue talks.
The Stream· Tue, Jun 30 2015 16:07:51
for Cyprus reunification, but leaders have so far
to negotiate key issues like citizenship, property claims and
of natural gas. Today, critics
the chance for reunification is better with Mustafa Akinci, leading the negotiations for occupied northern Cyprus and president of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades.
A productive meeting with @MustafaAkinci_1 with progress noted on important issues.The dialogue will continue #Cyprus
In the past, the closest opportunity for a deal was in 2004 after former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan created a
on his Cyprus reunification plan. A majority of Turkish Cypriots were in favor of the plan, but 76 per cent of Greek Cypriots, who claim almost two-thirds of the population,
During Akinci's campaign, he
the relationship between northern Cyprus and Turkey should be one of 'brothers and sisters'
than of 'a motherland and her child.' But, there are challenges to creating one united nation out of two groups that have been
for over 40 years.
According to the
Committee of Missing Persons in Cyprus
, 1,493 Greek Cypriots and 502 Turkish Cypriots went missing during the inter-communal violence of 1963 to
and in 1974. The
, also known by locals as the "Green Line," was established to prevent further uprising. Today, UN peacekeepers continue to guard the buffer zone, making it one of the
running peacekeeping missions in the world.
, led by Cypriots on both sides, asked politicians to remember the well being of all Cypriots as they occupied part of the line in Nicosia. At 01:28 a Greek Cypriot says, "We want to say the premise for negotiations shouldn't be who gets what, who gets what power, who gets what land."
Anti-Depression Operation | 2 year anniversary Occupy Buffer ZoneTribal Networking
While Anastasiades and Akinci
on "confidence building measures" during negotiations such as interconnecting power grids, improving cell phone performance between both sides of the island, and adding new checkpoints, there are still crucial challenges.
Some of those
removal of Turkish troops from Cyprus and handling property that was abandoned during partition. Below, Facebook users commented on a photo of an abandoned building in Varosha. The town occupies the southern section of the Cypriot city Famagusta. It was originally a tourist resort but today it is a ghost-town,
by Turkish military during the invasion of 1974.
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Why would anyone want to live here a reminder its creepy and its a big reminder of how the turks invaded our island and left the sea tainted in blood forever!Sav Michael
Another challenge facing a unified Cyprus would be
new settlers of northern Cyprus — the Anatolian
Kurdish Turkish migrant population. Some Turkish Cypriots have
to Europe following the influx of new Turkish settlers.
Turkish Cypriots are part of our country, our culture and our soul. Let us all fight for #united #Cyprus @TheRealSoff
But some Greek and Turkish Cypriot youth are
about out how they will live with each other and share a cultural identity if their nation is united. In the trailer below, three Greek Cypriots and three Turkish Cypriots, meet for the first time and share a house together for five days.
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And in another effort to unite, Greek and Turkish Cypriots form a peace chain to advocate for reunification.
Greek & Turkish Cypriots form a peace chain demanding the return of Famagusta ghost town &the reunification of Cyprus
We asked the Stream community what the challenges are for reunification in Cyprus.
@AJStream #Cyprus Acceptability and Trust.(Greek). The S.Cypriots don't accept the North and the North don't trust the South. I lived there.Bashir Bello
@AJStream, Most of the G. Cypriots have not forgiven the Turkish invasion. They also forgot that the T. Cypriots were also affected...Suplex City
@AJStream np. I think ur Q is a misdirection. No point considering unification if both sides unable 2 consider eachother as political equalsHaso
Many said they thought the probability of Cypriot unity is greater now than in previous years but others shared their doubts.
@AJStream @Cypriot_Puzzle I hope we will. But I think we won't see that near future. I hope my son will see united #CyprusUmut Kinaoglu
@nekatomenos @AJStream I feel for the first time since 1955, the G/Cs and T/Cs are closer than ever with their dreams and perceptionsCosta Constanti
@AJStream Cautiously optimistic. I've been hearing about how close we are since I was a child; have learned the hard way not to expect much.Alex Toumazis
@AJStream For the first time in years, GCs want a new constitution for a better republic and TCs want Turkey to get off their backs. #CyprusYiorgos Kakouris