In July, 1974, Turkish troops invaded Cyprus under the pretext it was to restore property injustice and persecution. The island was cut in half.
I arrived at the Larnaca airport in 1975 on the anniversary of that invasion. Over the days helpful Cypriots tried to educate me on Cypriot history. Staying in Nicosia the capitol, I could see the barrier between the two sides. This has stayed with me and kept Cyprus in my thoughts.
It was a depressing event, and I pray these present talks will bear fruit.
(Vatican Radio) On Saturday, Pope Francis met with the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades, at the Vatican.
The Pope and the President discussed a number of topics, including the role of religion in society and the importance of religious liberty. They also both expressed satisfaction that negotiations to end the four-decade division between Greek and Turkish Cypriots have resumed. Earlier this week in Cyprus, the Turkish and Greek Cypriot leaders said they wanted to end the island’s division “as soon as possible” after resuming reunification talks. The last talks were suspended when Cyprus assumed the rotating presidency of the European Union in 2012.