The island of Cyprus may soon merge its Greek and Turkish halves into one functioning country. Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash agreed this week to discuss reuniting the island. Cyprus, a former British colony, was one nation until 1974, when Greek Cypriots mounted a coup designed to make the island part of Greece. Turkey sent in troops, and the country split apart. Some 50,000 Turkish Cypriots demonstrated this week in support of a U.N. plan that calls for a single, federal government with a Greek state and a Turkish state, asking Denktash to drop his longstanding opposition to a merger. Membership in the European Union is at stake: The Greek part of Cyprus will join the union next year, with or without the Turkish Cypriots.
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