Cultural links doomed the talks

 

The latest hurdle over the Enosis vote has highlighted the true depths of mistrust between the two sides

By Hermes Solomon and Ozay Mehmet

In 1955, a pious woman, much influenced by religious word-of-mouth historians, baked heavy loaves of bread in a stone oven heated with twigs collected from the dried out Pediaios riverbed before carrying them on the back of a donkey to Oxi market, a distance of three kilometres. She would repeatedly say to one of her grandsons, ‘Don’t ever trust the Turks’ as if blaming her back breaking hardship of those earlier times on the Ottoman Empire.

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