Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades speaks during an interview with Reuters in Nicosia April 9, 2014.(REUTERS/Andreas Manolis)
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Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades said Wednesday that the discovery of natural gas around Cyprus could galvanize international efforts to resolve the island's long-standing division and help the European Union decrease its dependence on Russian energy.The president said it was too early to speak of any tangible progress regarding recently relaunched peace talks over the ethnically partitoned island.Turkey, which backs the breakaway northern Cyprus territory, disputes Cyprus' claims over swathes of sea to the island's south and southeast that are rich in gas reserves.Such measures would include the Turkish military relinquishing control of a now fenced-off seaside ghost resort whose Greek Cypriot residents fled in 1974, and the operation of a Turkish Cypriot port under EU supervision to facilitate direct exports to the bloc.Cyprus has been partitioned since the 1974 Turkish invasion, but the seeds of division were sown much earlier, when a power-sharing Greek-Turkish Cypriot administration crumbled in 1963, just three years after the island secured independence from Britain.
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