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The US lifted a decades-old arms embargo on Cyprus

For the first time since 1987, the Republic of Cyprus will once again be able to receive unlimited arms from the United States. The US State Department announced the lifting of the embargo yesterday evening (local time). Nicos Anastasiades, the president of the Republic of Cyprus, hailed the decision as a “milestone” on the messaging service Twitter, but sharp criticism came from the Turkish-occupied north of the island.

According to the local government of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, which is only globally recognized by Turkey, the move could lead to escalation in the region.

The US embargo was introduced in 1987 to coerce the parties to the dispute on the breakaway island and guarantee Greece and Turkey to find a diplomatic solution.

Confused situation

After the Greek coup and Turkish military invasion in 1974, Cyprus was divided into a large Greek Cypriot area in the south and a Turkish Cypriot area in the north. Due to secession, the internationally recognized Republic of Cyprus, which has been a member of the European Union since 2004, controls only the southern part of the island.

The negotiating situation to resolve the Cyprus split is chaotic; More recently, Northern Cyprus and Ankara have pushed for a two-state solution, which Nicosia and the United Nations have rejected. Instead, the United Nations continues to call for a two-state federal solution.