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G/c press referred to it as a “confession”. It is not. It is the reality

G/c press referred to it as a “confession”. It is not. It is the reality

  Mustafa Akinci 20/07/2015 We referred to it as a peace operation but indeed this was a war. Some of us in Cyprus lost our loved ones. Thousands of us had to go through the trauma of being displaced in our own country…   When I first uttered this the other day, the Greek Cypriot

Anastasiades welcomes Akinci’s reference to 1974 as a ‘war’ and not just a ‘peace operation’

President Nicos Anastasiades on Monday welcomed statements by Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci on Sunday that what happened in 1974 was a war  and not just a ‘peace operation’. It was the first time any Turkish Cypriot leader had used the word ‘war’ in referring to the Turkish invasion or acknowledged the effects it had

Time to heal the wounds in Cyprus

Would a Truth Commission investigating the 1963 and 1974 atrocities in Cyprus help or hinder the divided island’s ongoing reunification efforts? Is there ever a good time to say sorry? Can a tortured society handle the truth? Those were questions debated by a panel of four speakers – two Greek Cypriots and two Turkish Cypriots

Re-assessing the past: Kizilyurek’s latest book on 1958

Heterotopia publishes Niyazi Kizilyurek’s latest book on the 1958 Gionelli events.   Heterotopia Publications has released the latest book by Niyazi Kizilyurek entitled: “Şiddet Mevsiminin Saklı Tarihi” (A period of violence: The dark 1958). After years of extensive research on the inter-ethnic and political violence in Cyprus, Niyazi Kizilyurek chose to publish a book dealing

Search for downed Noratlas plane to resume on July 27

The excavation works at the Tomb of Makedonitissa in Nicosia in search for the remains of Greek airborne commandos, killed when their Noratlas plane was shot down by friendly fire during the 1974 conflict will start on July 27, Presidential Commissioner for Humanitarian Issues and Overseas  Photis Photiou said, adding that this  constitutes a moral

[Video] – Birds of a Feather – stories from a conflict zone

On the south-eastern edge of Europe, two communities remain divided on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus, playing host to one of the longest UN peacekeeping missions. This documentary looks at the contrasting personal memories formed on a post-conflict space after decades of physical separation. The well-oiled narratives of each community’s official histories have left little

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