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US official: Hope for Cyprus deal by year's end

US official: Hope for Cyprus deal by year's end

A U.S. State Department official says Washington anticipates an agreement to reunify ethnically divided Cyprus by the end of the year.
U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Matthew Bryza says Washington will not become directly involved in the slow-moving, open-ended peace talks unless Cypriots ask for help, but "we are trying to plan for success."
Cyprus was split in 1974 when Turkey invaded in response to a coup by supporters of union with Greece.
Greek Cypriot President Dimitris Christofias and breakaway Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat restarted deadlocked talks last September but there has been little real progress.