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Yearbook 2016

Cyprus. According to countryaah, work on a reunion agreement, which was revived in 2015, continued. The optimism that a contract could be finalized before the end of the year increased when it emerged that conversations during the summer led to concrete results in terms of compensation for properties lost in connection with the partition of the island. Other unresolved issues concerned the security and presence of around 35,000 Turkish soldiers in the northern part of the island. In September, Greek Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and his Turkish Cypriot counterpart Mustafa Akinci held a meeting in New York, together with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon. A round of negotiations with the two presidents began in November in Switzerland, again with the UN chief present.

2016 Cyprus

A concern for those supporting the peace process was that small parties opposing a reunification emerged in the Greek Cypriot parliamentary elections in May. Among them was a right-wing party, ELAM, which was in parliament for the first time. ELAM's leader was a former member of the neo-fascist party Golden Dawn in Greece. The two leading parties, Conservative DISY (Democratic Assembly) and Left Party AKEL (Workers' Progress Party), both lost voter support even though they remained the largest and DISY continued to dominate the government. Voter turnout was significantly lower than usual; Despite voting duty, almost 67% of the voters participated.

At the beginning of the year, Cyprus received a clearance for yet another installment of the emergency loans it received for 2013. But in March it was found that Cyprus has now had a good order of the economy. The rescue program was canceled, despite the fact that 2.7 billion out of a total of 10 billion euros granted by the EU and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have not been paid.

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