I was conducting research in Cyprus in the late 1980s, and I enjoyed the opportunity to meet the Greek Cypriot pro-peace candidate George Vassiliou, who was elected President. In fact, one of the few OPEDs the NYTimes has ever published on Cyprus was my 1990 piece heralding the chances for peace. At that time, the Turkish Cypriot leader and President Rauf Denktash was more interested in remaining number one guy than in making peace, and nothing happened. Perhaps this time the leaders on both sides are not only ready for peace, but will supported by the political class on both sides. The small island has been divided for 34 years, so the Cypriots have had plenty of time to test the alternative.
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