Turkey could play a "great role" in ending the conflict between Greek and Turkish communities on Cyprus as Ankara still has 40,000 troops in Cyprus, the President of the divided island told CNBC.
Cyprus has been split since 1974 when Turkey invaded the north. There is a partition in place and the north is inhabited by Turkish Cypriots and the south by Greek Cypriots.
But hopes of a reunification of Cyprus have risen following a meeting between the two leaders representing each community. At the World Economic Forum in Davos Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish-Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci met with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to discuss the situation.
"Everyone is realizing that the soonest we can reach a settlement it is going to be much more fair for everyone," Anastasiades told CNBC in a TV interview at Davos.