Since the Turkish invasion of 1974, Cyprus has been a divided island. Greeks and Turks remain separated, a division that has been enforced for 29 years by the UN's army.
Yesterday's surprise result in the Greek Cypriot Presidential election may (or may not) be a roadblock in the UN's 29-year-long effort to reunify Cyprus. There have been so many false starts and false hopes that no one really expects anything to change. This was a recurring theme when I lived in Cyprus, and nothing substantial appears to have changed since then. Indeed, the more things change, the more they stay the same. My bet is that this situation will, sadly, be no different.