Background To The Cyprus Reunification Talks

Background To The Cyprus Reunification Talks.

A couple of decades ago, when I was on the island for a Christian consultation, we were driven to the border adjoining Turkish-occupied Cyprus. As we stood near the fenced-off border, the driver spoke with tears in his eyes, how he and his family ran for their lives, with just hours to spare, before the city where his parents had grown up, was surrounded by Turkish troops. They escaped empty-handed in that emergency. I could sense his pain, as he told us his story of the partition of his beloved island. We drove back, in the short journey over the mountains, back to Larnaca, in silence!

On 15 July 1974, a coup d’état was staged by Greek Cypriot nationalists and elements of the Greek military junta in an attempt at enosis, the incorporation of Cyprus into Greece. This action precipitated the Turkish invasion of Cyprus, which led to the capture of the present-day territory of Northern Cyprus the following month, and the displacement of over 150,000 Greek Cypriots and 50,000 Turkish Cypriots. A separate Turkish Cypriot state in the north was established by a unilateral declaration in 1983. This article fills us in on the background details of the latest talks at reunification under the UN auspices.

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