Obama Wants Cyprus Legacy

Nicosia has been divided since 1974

U.S. President Barack Obama reportedly wants a solution to reunify the island of Cyprus before he leaves office in January, 2017.

Sources in Athens told the newspaper Kathimerini the United States believes there is momentum for Cyprus and Turkey to come to terms despite some lingering differences.

Greek officials are aware of Washington’s view, which comes after US Secretary of State John Kerry, who, during his visit to Athens in December, said that the Mediterranean island’s reunification was finally “within reach” although talks between Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish-Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci have bogged down.

Optimism over Cyprus comes because the US is reaching out to conclude some long-delayed foreign policy problems, such as normalizing relations with Cuba.