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UN mission in Cyprus without end

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15.07.2017

There is only one village in Cyprus where Greek-Cypriots and Turkish-Cypriots live side by side. It’s called Pyla, and the only reason that the two ethnic groups there continue to live together is that it’s in the United Nations buffer zone that separates the Republic of Cyprus from the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. It would be in real trouble if the United Nations pulled out.

That could happen. The United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus is 53 years old, and patience is running out. Former UN secretary general Ban Ki-Moon warned in 2011 that “UNFICYP’s continued presence on the island cannot be taken for granted,” and the current Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, has said quite plainly that this cannot go on forever.

But he may have been bluffing. He said that just before the umpteenth conference seeking to reunify the island opened in the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana on June 28. Everybody reckoned that it had a good chance of success — but now that it has failed, we will find out whether Guterres meant his threat or not.

It should have succeeded, because President Nicos Anastasiades of the Republic of........

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