World

EU Council chief Tusk pledges support for Cyprus reunification talks

European Council President Donald Tusk says the EU is ready to provide any practical support to talks aimed at reunifying ethnically divided Cyprus — an opportunity for peace that "shouldn't be missed."

Speaking Friday after talks with Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades, Tusk said he's "ready to do whatever it takes" to seize the chance for a peace accord ending the island's 41-year-old division.

Tusk said he sees "a real chance" for a deal because of the commitment both Anastasiades and breakaway Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci have demonstrated.

Cyprus was split in 1974 when Turkey invaded after a coup to unite the island with Greece. A peace deal would unlock regional cooperation on the eastern Mediterranean's energy potential and bring some stability to a conflict-wracked region.