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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Albright to Cyprus

LARNACA, Cyprus () -- U.S. envoy Madeleine Albright arrived in Cyprus on Wednesday to spearhead a new effort to reunite the divided island, in what Cypriot officials hope heralds the start of a long-awaited "big push" to end 22 years of division.

Cyprus has been divided since Turkey invaded the northern third of the island in July 1974 after a short-lived Greek Cypriot coup. At least 30,000 Turkish troops remain in a northern enclave which declared independence as a Turkish Cypriot state in 1983.

The breakaway state is recognized only by the Turkish government.