Thousands of deaths, secret mass graves and decades steeped in anger — small but strategically located Cyprus has much to teach the world about the poison and polarization of unchecked nationalism.
Hate does not give up its grip easily. And here, the past consistently sabotages the future.
For more than 40 years, the Mediterranean island has been divided into north and south.
Even before that, outside forces have coveted — and taken — pieces of the island. Neighbours turned on neighbours. Canada stepped in decades ago and has had a crucial role in trying to keep the island safe.
And now, the most promising peace discussions in years are in jeopardy after talks collapsed in late February. They are on hold indefinitely.
This is a look back at the decades-old disputes still dividing the island.