As the conflict between Russia and Ukraine rages, it risks spilling into an unlikely arena -– classrooms and playgrounds in Cyprus, home to a sizable Russian population and a smaller Ukrainian community.
Efforts to solve the Cyprus problem have not been on the international community’s agenda for the past five years. Many parties, including the UN and the EU, consider it “a frozen issue”.
Pope Francis has expressed his support for efforts to reunify divided Cyprus as it is one of Europe’s “frozen conflicts” that has persisted over time. Addressing the annual ceremony for the exchange