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Solving the Cyprus conflict Difficult achievement but far-reaching benefits ahead
Peace talks on the future of Cyprus have brought the small, but strategically important, Mediterranean island the closest to reunification in over a decade.
The purpose of this paper is twofold. First, it analyses the possibility of a peace agreement and outlines the main contentious issues and stumbling blocks. Secondly, it examines the implications of an agreement for the EU and the union’s status in the Eastern Mediterranean the Levant region, a region that is essential from a geopolitical, security and economic perspective.
It argues that a peace agreement and reunification of Cyprus are possible, but some important stumbling blocks still exist. In particular, due to the parties’ concerns over security and guarantees and high domestic audience costs. The benefits of reunification would be far-reaching. Reunification would be an important diplomatic success for the European Union (EU) during troubled times, improve relations between the EU a