New hopes for a final settlement in Cyprus have recently been raised because of the high-powered talks between President Demetrios Christofias of the Republic of Cyprus and Turkish-Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat. This essay considers how a reunified Cyprus might deal with the nearly seventy casinos currently in “Northern Cyprus”, especially as both sides of Cyprus forbid gambling. The author argues that with Turkey and private investors pouring millions of investment dollars into “Northern Cyprus”, the changing economic reality of the occupied area is leading inevitably to a changed political reality.
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Mediterranean Affairs, Inc.